dram [dram] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a unit of apothecaries’ weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 (0.125) ounce (3.89 grams).
- 1/16 (0.0625) ounce, avoirdupois weight (27.34 grains; 1.77 grams). Abbreviation: dr., dr
- a small drink of liquor.
- a small quantity of anything.
verb (used without object), drammed, dram·ming.
- Archaic. to drink drams; tipple.
verb (used with object), drammed, dram·ming.
- Archaic. to ply with drink.
Origin of dram 1400–50; late Middle English dramme, assimilated variant of dragme Old French Late Latin dragma, Latin drachmaRelated formshalf-dram, adjective, noun Examples from the Web for dramming Historical Examples of dramming
He had been dramming at intervals since breakfast, and he no longer approached the bar with hesitancy.
Olin L. Lyman
British Dictionary definitions for dramming DRAM D-RAM n acronym for
- dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memorySee
- a chip containing such a memory
- one sixteenth of an ounce (avoirdupois). 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0018 kilogram
- Also called: drachm, drachma US one eighth of an apothecaries’ ounce; 60 grains. 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0039 kilogram
- a small amount of an alcoholic drink, esp a spirit; tot
- the standard monetary unit of Armenia, divided into 100 lumas
Word Origin for dram C15: from Old French dragme, from Late Latin dragma, from Greek drakhmē; see drachma Word Origin and History for dramming dram n.
mid-15c., “small weight of apothecary’s measure,” a phonetic spelling, from Anglo-Latin dragma, Old French drame, from Late Latin dragma, from Latin drachma “drachma,” from Greek drakhma “measure of weight,” also, “silver coin,” literally “handful” (of six obols, the least valuable coins in ancient Athens), akin to drassesthai “to grasp.” The fluid dram is one-eighth of a fluid ounce, hence “a small drink of liquor” (1713); Hence dram shop (1725), where liquor was sold by the shot.
dramming in Medicine dram [drăm] n.
- A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 116 of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams).drachm
- A unit of apothecary weight equal to 18 of an ounce or 60 grains (3.89 grams).