gram

1 of 5

noun (1)

: any of several leguminous plants (such as a chickpea) grown especially for their seed
also : their seeds

gram

2 of 5

noun (2)

1
: a metric unit of mass equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ kilogram and nearly equal to the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at its maximum density see Metric System Table
2
: the weight of a gram under the acceleration of gravity

gram

3 of 5

noun (3)

gram

4 of 5

abbreviation

-gram

5 of 5

noun combining form

: drawing : writing : record
chronogram
telegram

Examples of gram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Again, a typical cup of bone broth provides 9 grams of this macronutrient, while coffee supplies none. Sarah Garone, Health, 14 Feb. 2024 According to the California Air Resources board, the state produces some of the world’s lowest carbon intensity oil, with Bakersfield and Kern County fields coming in around 8 grams of CO2 equivalent emissions per megajoule of energy produced. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The gooey goodness was on brand for the moment, even if the 610 calories and 34 grams of fat weren’t as satisfying as the 15 points and 10 rebounds the junior guard logged against the Ducks. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 According to the report, Curry was found in possession of 216 grams of meth and 10 grams of green vegetable matter. Parker Mancino, arkansasonline.com, 5 Feb. 2024 To treat a low blood glucose between 70 mg/dL and 55 mg/dL, most medical professionals recommend using the 15-15 rule: Consume 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates like juice, sugar soda (not diet), and/or glucose tablets, gels, or liquids, then test again in 15 minutes. Jordyn Bradley, Fortune Well, 2 Feb. 2024 Research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that for every 10 gram increase in dietary soluble fiber, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7%. Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The way Aitken and her ace team have made a handful of these birds, each a few inches long and weighing a couple of grams, into compelling screen characters is, well, no small thing. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2024 Johnson recommends products that provide 2 to 3 grams of leucine per serving. Jenny McCoy, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

obsolete Portuguese (now spelled grão), grain, from Latin granum

Noun (2)

French gramme, from Late Latin gramma, a small weight, from Greek grammat-, gramma letter, writing, a small weight, from graphein to write — more at carve

Noun (3)

by shortening & alteration

Noun combining form

Latin -gramma, from Greek, from gramma

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1702, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gram was in 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Gram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gram. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

gram

1 of 2 noun
ˈgram
1
: a metric unit of mass equal to ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ kilogram and nearly equal to the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at its maximum density see metric system
2
: the weight of a gram of mass

-gram

2 of 2 noun combining form
ˌgram
: drawing : writing : record
telegram
Etymology

Noun combining form

from Latin -gramma "piece of writing, record," derived from Greek gramma "letter," derived from graphein "to write" — related to graffito, grammar, -graph

Medical Definition

gram

noun
variants or chiefly British gramme
1
: a metric unit of mass equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ kilogram and nearly equal to the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at its maximum density
abbreviation g
2
: the weight of a gram under standard gravity

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