tram

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See also: Tram, trám, tràm, trăm, and trẫm

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Middle Dutch trame. The popular derivation from tramway builder Benjamin Outram is false: the term pre-dated him.

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tram (plural trams)

  1. (UK, rail transport) A passenger vehicle for public use that runs on tracks in the road.
  2. A similar vehicle for carrying materials.
    • 1789, John Brand, History of Newcastle Upon Tyne, volume II, page 681. (Quoted in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, centenary edition, 1971, ISBN 304-93570-0.)
      Trams are a kind of sledge on which coals are brought from the place where they are hewn to the shaft. A tram has four wheels but a sledge is without wheels.
  3. (obsolete) The shaft of a cart.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) One of the rails of a tramway.
  5. (UK, obsolete) A car on a horse railroad.
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tram (third-person singular simple present trams, present participle tramming, simple past and past participle trammed)

  1. (transitive) To transport (material) by tram.

Etymology 2[edit]

Spanish trama weft, or French trame.

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tram (plural trams)

  1. A silk thread formed of two or more threads twisted together, used especially for the weft, or cross threads, of the best quality of velvets and silk goods.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin trama.

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tram m (plural trams)

  1. segment (of road etc.)

Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English tram.

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tram m (plural trams or trammen, diminutive trammetje n)

  1. A tram, vehicle on rails for passenger transport in cities.

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tram m (invariable)

  1. tram, streetcar

Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English tram.

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tram m (plural trams)

  1. tram