r. cram

Cram

[kram]
noun
Ralph Adams, 1863–1942, U.S. architect and writer.
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cram (kræm)
 
vb , crams, cramming, crammed
1.  (tr) to force (people, material, etc) into (a room, container, etc) with more than it can hold; stuff
2.  to eat or cause to eat more than necessary
3.  informal to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing
 
n
4.  the act or condition of cramming
5.  a crush
 
[Old English crammian; related to Old Norse kremja to press]

Cram (kræm)
 
n
Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)

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cram
O.E. crammian "press something into something else," from P.Gmc. base *kram-/*krem-. Meaning "study intensely for an exam" is British student slang first recorded 1803.
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