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[dram] /dræm/
noun
1.
Measurements.
  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.
3.
a small drink of liquor.
4.
a small quantity of anything.
verb (used without object), drammed, dramming.
5.
Archaic. to drink drams; tipple.
verb (used with object), drammed, dramming.
6.
Archaic. to ply with drink.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English dramme, assimilated variant of dragme < Old French < Late Latin dragma, Latin drachma drachma
Related forms
half-dram, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drams

dram

/dræm/
noun
1.
one sixteenth of an ounce (avoirdupois). 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0018 kilogram
2.
(US) Also called drachm, drachma. one eighth of an apothecaries' ounce; 60 grains. 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0039 kilogram
3.
a small amount of an alcoholic drink, esp a spirit; tot
4.
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

DRAM

/ˈdiːræm/
noun acronym
1.
dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memory See RAM1
noun
2.
a chip containing such a memory
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Word Origin and History for drams

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.

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drams in Medicine

dram (drām)
n.
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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Related Abbreviations for drams

DRAM

dynamic random access memory
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drams 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.)

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Encyclopedia Article for drams

dram

unit of weight in the apothecaries' and avoirdupois systems. An apothecaries' dram contains 3 scruples (3.888 grams) of 20 grains each and is equal to one-eighth apothecaries' ounce of 480 grains. The avoirdupois dram contains 27.344 grains (1.772 grams) and is equal to one-sixteenth avoirdupois ounce of 437 12 grains. The term also refers to the fluid dram, a measure of capacity equal to one-eighth fluid ounce.

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