tram 1[tram] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for tram on noun

  1. British. a streetcar.
  2. a tramway; tramroad.
  3. Also called tram·car [tram-kahr] /ˈtræmˌkɑr/. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
  4. the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.

verb (used with or without object), trammed, tram·ming.

  1. to convey or travel by tram.

Origin of tram 1 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 beamRelated formstram·less, adjective tram 2[tram] noun

  1. trammel(def 3).

verb (used with object), trammed, tram·ming.

  1. Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.

Origin of tram 2First recorded in 1880–85; short for trammel tram 3[tram] noun

  1. silk that has been slightly or loosely twisted, used weftwise in weaving silk fabrics.

Compare organzine. Origin of tram 3 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 Related Words for tram car, streetcar, gondola Examples from the Web for tram Contemporary Examples of tram

  • Eva and Adele, the Art Couple, were on my tram, both in high-collared baby-pink dresses.

    Live From Art Basel

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    June 17, 2010

  • By day you’ll be coerced to hike “the Peak” (I like the tram, thank you) for a quiet view of Kowloon.

    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    January 16, 2010

  • Luckily, public transport (the tram) is brilliantly efficient, cost-effective, and blissfully above ground.

    The Breathtaking Mosques of Istanbul

    Jolie Hunt

    January 9, 2010

  • Historical Examples of tram

  • She waved her hand to him as the tram drove off, and he waved his in reply.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • There was the tram line, if m’sieur did not care to take a fiacre.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I’ll get it before we start home and I can be reading it over all the time on the tram.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Afterwards I took the tram to Posilipo and came home by boat.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The tram was already gliding away at some distance down the road.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • British Dictionary definitions for tram tram 1 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 wireUS and Canadian names: streetcar, trolley car
    2. a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine; tub

    Derived Formstramless, adjectiveWord Origin for tram 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 tram 2 noun

    1. machinery a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment

    verb trams, tramming or trammed

    1. (tr) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy

    Word Origin for tram C19: short for trammel tram 3 noun

    1. (in weaving) a weft yarn of two or more twisted strands of silk

    Word Origin for tram C17: from French trame, from Latin trāma; related to Latin trāns across, trāmes footpath 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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