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tram

1
[tram]
noun
  1. British. a streetcar.
  2. a tramway; tramroad.
  3. Also called tram·car [tram-kahr] /ˈtræmˌkɑr/. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
  4. the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.
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verb (used with or without object), trammed, tram·ming.
  1. to convey or travel by tram.
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Origin of tram

1
1490–1500 for an earlier sense; 1820–30 for def 2; orig. shafts of a barrow or cart, rails for carts (in mines); perhaps < Middle Dutch trame beam
Related formstram·less, adjective

tram

2
[tram]
noun
  1. trammel(def 3).
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verb (used with object), trammed, tram·ming.
  1. Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.
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Origin of tram

2
First recorded in 1880–85; short for trammel
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Historical Examples of tramming

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tramming

tram

1
noun
  1. 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
  2. a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine; tub
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Derived Formstramless, 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

tram

2
noun
  1. machinery a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment
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verb trams, tramming or trammed
  1. (tr) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy
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Word Origin for tram

C19: short for trammel

tram

3
noun
  1. (in weaving) a weft yarn of two or more twisted strands of silk
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Word Origin for tram

C17: from French trame, from Latin trāma; related to Latin trāns across, trāmes footpath
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Word Origin and History for tramming

tram

n.

c.1500, "beam or shaft of a barrow or sledge," also "a barrow or truck body" (1510s), Scottish, originally in reference to the iron trucks used in coal mines, probably from Middle Flemish tram "beam, handle of a barrow, bar, rung," a North Sea Germanic word of unknown origin. The sense of "track for a barrow, tramway" is first recorded 1826; that of "streetcar" is first recorded 1860. Tram-car is attested from 1873.

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