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[dram] /dræm/
  1. a unit of apothecaries' weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 (0.125) ounce (3.89 grams).
  2. 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, dramming.
Archaic. to drink drams; tipple.
verb (used with object), drammed, dramming.
Archaic. to ply with drink.
Origin of dram
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English dramme, assimilated variant of dragme < Old French < Late Latin dragma, Latin drachma drachma
Related forms
half-dram, adjective, noun


[dee-ram] /ˈdiˌræm/
dynamic RAM. Unabridged
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  • Three gentlemen being in a coffee-house, one called for a dram, because he was hot.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • He had a package, which he laid upon the counter while he poured out his dram.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Morsfield poured out for the injured countess or no-countess a dram of the brandy of passion, under the breath.

  • The skipper drank a dram, which was to warm him from within.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Prince called for a bottle of spirits, and gave every one of us a dram.

  • See the grimace with which he puts it down, as though the dram had been almost too unpalatable.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • The umpires having partaken of a dram, shook hands and departed, as they had to drive out of town that night.

    The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  • Immeasurable was the astonishment of the Highlander when the gentlemen refused a dram.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • Besides, he was growing quite free and easy, quaffed his dram, and ogled the fair sex.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for dram


one sixteenth of an ounce (avoirdupois). 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0018 kilogram
(US) Also called drachm, drachma. 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
C15: from Old French dragme, from Late Latin dragma, from Greek drakhmē; see drachma


noun acronym
dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memory See RAM1
a chip containing such a memory
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Word Origin and History for dram

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.

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dram in Medicine

dram (drām)
Abbr. dr

  1. A unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System equal to 1/16 of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams). Also called drachm.

  2. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 1/8 of an ounce or 60 grains (3.89 grams).

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dram in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for dram


dynamic random access memory
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dram in the Bible

The Authorized Version understood the word 'adarkonim (1 Chr. 29:7; Ezra 8:27), and the similar word darkomnim (Ezra 2:69; Neh. 7:70), as equivalent to the Greek silver coin the drachma. But the Revised Version rightly regards it as the Greek dareikos, a Persian gold coin (the daric) of the value of about 1 pound, 2s., which was first struck by Darius, the son of Hystaspes, and was current in Western Asia long after the fall of the Persian empire. (See DARIC.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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