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tram1

[tram] /træm/
noun
1.
British. a streetcar.
2.
3.
Also called tramcar
[tram-kahr] /ˈtræmˌkɑr/ (Show IPA)
. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
4.
the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), trammed, tramming.
5.
to convey or travel by tram.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500 for an earlier sense; 1820-30 for def 2; orig. shafts of a barrow or cart, rails for carts (in mines); perhaps < Middle Dutch trame beam
Related forms
tramless, adjective

tram2

[tram] /træm/
noun
1.
trammel (def 3).
verb (used with object), trammed, tramming.
2.
Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.
Origin
1880-85; short for trammel

tram3

[tram] /træm/
noun
1.
silk that has been slightly or loosely twisted, used weftwise in weaving silk fabrics.
Compare organzine.
Origin
1300-50 for an earlier sense; 1670-80 for current sense; Middle English tram(m)e machination, contrivance < Old French traime weft, cunning contrivance < Latin trāma warp
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  • Take a tractor-tram tour up through the vineyards for a close-up look at biodynamic farming.
  • Every few minutes a tram trundles through the shopping centre.
  • But what's equally important are the links to regional, commuter, subway and tram services that enable a door-to-door journey.
  • If you want to beat the rush on a powder day, get a guide and hop on the tram before the lifts open.
  • We rode the tram during rush hour in the years before the subway stop.
  • Don't take the tram up if you plan on staying until closing.
  • Traffic is heavy in town, so stroll the streets or take a guided tram tour.
  • Visitors ascend to the top of the tower in a railway tram car that runs on a cable on the outside of the rear of the tower.
  • The second tour features a town, tram and trek package.
  • Be sure to note where you parked before you leave your car to board the parking lot tram or walk into an attraction.
British Dictionary definitions for tram

tram1

/træm/
noun
1.
Also called tramcar. an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wire US and Canadian names streetcar, trolley car
2.
a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine; tub
Derived Forms
tramless, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: shaft of a cart): probably from Low German traam beam; compare Old Norse thrömr, Middle Dutch traem beam, tooth of a rake

tram2

/træm/
noun
1.
(machinery) a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment
verb trams, tramming, trammed
2.
(transitive) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy
Word Origin
C19: short for trammel

tram3

/træm/
noun
1.
(in weaving) a weft yarn of two or more twisted strands of silk
Word Origin
C17: from French trame, from Latin trāma; related to Latin trāns across, trāmes footpath
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Word Origin and History for tram
n.

c.1500, "beam or shaft of a barrow or sledge," also "a barrow or truck body" (1510s), Scottish, originally in reference to the iron trucks used in coal mines, probably from Middle Flemish tram "beam, handle of a barrow, bar, rung," a North Sea Germanic word of unknown origin. The sense of "track for a barrow, tramway" is first recorded 1826; that of "streetcar" is first recorded 1860. Tram-car is attested from 1873.

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