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tram

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noun
British. a streetcar.
Also called tram·car [tram-kahr]. /ˈtræmˌkɑr/. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.
verb (used with or without object), trammed, tram·ming.
to convey or travel by tram.
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Origin of tram

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First recorded in 1490–1500; Middle English tram, tram(me) “mechanical device, astronomical instrument, siege tower”); 1820–30 for def. 2; originally shafts of a barrow or cart, rails for carts (in mines); perhaps from Middle Dutch trame “beam”

OTHER WORDS FROM tram

tramless, adjective

Other definitions for tram (2 of 3)

tram2
[ tram ]
/ træm /

noun
verb (used with object), trammed, tram·ming.
Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.

Origin of tram

2
First recorded in 1880–85; short for trammel

Other definitions for tram (3 of 3)

tram3
[ tram ]
/ træm /

noun
silk that has been slightly or loosely twisted, used weftwise in weaving silk fabrics.
Compare organzine.

Origin of tram

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First recorded in 1670–80; from French trame “woof, weft, tram,” from Latin trāma “warp,” from trahere “to draw, drag”
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How to use tram in a sentence

  • Then, at last, Dorine realized that she was not fit to be seen, after trotting and tramming the whole afternoon in the rain.

    Small Souls|Louis Couperus
  • The person who does this duty is called a hurrier: the process itself is termed tramming; and the cart is denominated a skip.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for tram (1 of 3)

tram1
/ (træm) /

noun
Also called: tramcar an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wireUS and Canadian names: streetcar, trolley car
a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine; tub

Derived forms of tram

tramless, adjective

Word Origin for tram

C16 (in the sense: shaft of a cart): probably from Low German traam beam; compare Old Norse thrömr, Middle Dutch traem beam, tooth of a rake

British Dictionary definitions for tram (2 of 3)

tram2
/ (træm) /

noun
machinery a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment
verb trams, tramming or trammed
(tr) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy

Word Origin for tram

C19: short for trammel

British Dictionary definitions for tram (3 of 3)

tram3
/ (træm) /

noun
(in weaving) a weft yarn of two or more twisted strands of silk

Word Origin for tram

C17: from French trame, from Latin trāma; related to Latin trāns across, trāmes footpath
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