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dram

noun \ ˈdram \

Definition of dram

1 a US : a unit of liquid capacity equal to ¹/₈ fluid ounce — see Weights and Measures Table
2 a : a small portion of something to drink
b : a small amount

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Origin and Etymology of dram

Middle English dragme, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, dram, drachma, from Late Latin dragma, from Latin drachma, from Greek drachmē, literally, handful, from drassesthai to grasp

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dram

noun \ ˈdräm \

Definition of dram

: the basic monetary unit of Armenia — see Money Table

Origin and Etymology of dram

Armenian, literally, coin, money, ultimately from Greek drachmē drachma


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dram

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Definition of dram


DRAM

noun \ ˈdram also ˈdē-ˌram \

Definition of DRAM

: a type of RAM that must be continuously supplied with power and periodically rewritten in order to retain data — compare sram

Origin and Etymology of dram

dynamic + RAM (random-access memory)

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Medical Dictionary

dram

noun
variants: also drachm play \ˈdram\

medical Definition of dram

1 : either of two units of weight:
a : an avoirdupois unit equal to 1.772 grams or 27.344 grains
b : a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 3.888 grams or 60 grains


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