1 [pram]
noun Chiefly British Informal.

1880–85; by shortening Unabridged


2 [prahm]
a flat-bottomed, snub-nosed boat used as a fishing vessel or tender for larger vessels.

1540–50 (late 14th century in AL); < Dutch praam, Middle Dutch prame, praem (compare Middle Low German pram(e), Old Frisian pram, German Prahm) < Slavic; compare Czech prám, Polish prom, Russian paróm, Serbo-Croatian prȁm ferryboat, raft, cognate with Old High German farm boat, raft, Old Norse farmr freight, cargo; akin to fare, ferry Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
pram1 (præm)
(Brit) US and Canadian term: baby carriage a cot-like four-wheeled carriage for a baby
[C19: shortened and altered from perambulator]

pram2 (prɑːm)
nautical a light tender with a flat bottom and a bow formed from the ends of the side and bottom planks meeting in a small raised transom
[C16: from Middle Dutch prame; related to Old Frisian prām]

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Word Origin & History

"baby carriage," 1884, shortening of perambulator (q.v.), perhaps influenced by pram "flat-bottomed boat" (1548), from O.N. pramr, from Balto-Slavic (cf. Pol. pram "boat," Rus. poromu "ferryboat").
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Computing Dictionary

PRAM definition

1. parallel random-access machine.
2. parameter RAM.

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American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
parameter random access memory
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For anti-tank practice they hurled bottles at a pram.
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