tram

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English[edit]

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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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An old-fashioned tram alongside a more modern tram (sense 1).
A tram on the Roosevelt Island Tramway (sense 4).
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tram ‎(plural trams)

  1. (Britain, Australia, 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. (US, rail transport) A people mover.
    • 2013, Ernest Adams, Fundamentals of Game Design, New Riders (ISBN 9780133435719), page 215
      The game Half-Life, for example, begins with a movie in which Gordon Freeman, the player's avatar, takes a tram ride through the Black Mesa research complex while a voice explains why he is there.
  4. (US) An aerial cable car.
    • 2014, Vivienne Gucwa, NY Through the Lens, "F+W Media, Inc." (ISBN 9781440339585), page 129
      It's possible that my family took the tram to Roosevelt Island at some point and the experience embedded itself deep into my imagination where it mixed with other flights of fancy (pun intended) of flying through a Gotham-like city like Batman.
  5. (US) A trackless train
    • 2005, Jan Friedman, Eccentric California, Bradt Travel Guides (ISBN 9781841621265), page 124
      Taking advantage of the VIP Experience at Universal Studios provides a more intimate and authentic look at the studio than does the regular studio tram tour.
    • 2007, Matthew Poole, Frommer's Los Angeles 2008, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 9780470145753), page 236
      Each morning, still-groggy early-bird park-goers stumble from the parking-lot tram and head straight to La Brea's cafeteria-style Express for a caffeinated pick-me- up or a meal to start the day.
  6. (obsolete) The shaft of a cart.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)
  7. (obsolete) One of the rails of a tramway.
  8. (Britain, 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.
  2. (intransitive) To operate, or conduct the business of, a tramway.
  3. (intransitive) To travel by tram.

Etymology 2[edit]

Spanish trama weft, or French trame.

Noun[edit]

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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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

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English tram.

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tram m ‎(plural trams)

  1. (Jersey) tram