• WordNet 3.6
    • n dram the basic unit of money in Armenia
    • n dram 1/16 ounce or 1.771 grams
    • n dram a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dram A minute quantity; a mite. "Were I the chooser, a dram of well-doing should be preferred before many times as mush the forcible hindrance of evildoing."
    • Dram (Numis) A Persian daric.
    • Dram A weight; in Apothecaries' weight, one eighth part of an ounce, or sixty grains; in Avoirdupois weight, one sixteenth part of an ounce, or 27.34375 grains.
    • Dram As much spirituous liquor as is usually drunk at once; as, a dram of brandy; hence, a potation or potion; as, a dram of poison.
    • v. i. & t Dram To drink drams; to ply with drams.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dram A unit of weight less than an ounce. The dram is generally supposed to be of Greek origin. Many weights of this denomination and its multiples have been exhumed at Athens, belonging to different systems, of 57, 67, 75, and 78 grains troy, and there were doubtless others. The Solonic dram, the Athenian monetary weight, had at first 67.4, later 66.6 grains troy. The Æginetan weight was greater, and is fixed by the latest authorities as normally 97 grains. A dram afterward appears in Phenician systems as a half or quarter of a shekel; and under the Ptolemies there was in Egypt a dram of 54.6 grains troy. Under the early Roman emperors a dram was introduced into the Roman system as β…› of an ounce, equal to 63.2 grains troy. This relation to the ounce has been preserved in several modern systems. Thus, in apothecaries' weight, a dram is β…› of an ounce, or 60 grains, divided into 3 scruples of 20 grains each. The avoirdupois dram, however (derived from the Spanish adarme), is only of an ounce, or grains. In the old Spanish apothecaries' weight a dram was of an ounce. In the Neapolitan system 10 drams made ah ounce of grains troy. The Nuremberg drachm was 57.5grains troy. The Tuscan dramma was 54.6 grains troy. In the Arabian systems the dram is properly represented by the mitcal, but the derham is often called a dram, and was in fact derived from the Attic drachma. Abbreviated dr.
    • n dram A small quantity.
    • n dram As much liquid as is drunk at once; specifically, a drink of spirits: as, a dram of brandy.
    • n dram A division (one twentieth) of a raft of staves. See crib, 13.
    • dram To drink drams; indulge in the use of ardent spirits.
    • dram To give a dram or drams to; ply with drink.
    • dram To ascertain the fineness or size of by dram weight, as of a silk thread or yarn.
    • dram An abbreviation of dramatic and dramatist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dram dram a contraction of Drachm: 1⁄16th of an oz. avoirdupois: formerly, with apothecaries, β…›th of an oz.: as much raw spirits as is drunk at once
    • v.i Dram to drink a dram
    • v.t Dram to give a dram to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. drame, F. drachme, L. drachma, drachm, drachma, fr. Gr. drachmh`, prop., a handful, fr. dra`ssesqai to grasp. Cf. Drachm Drachma


In literature:

He had a package, which he laid upon the counter while he poured out his dram.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
A decoction of two drams of Fol.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
That last wee dram of sauerkraut got me all lit up like a picture palace!
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
And the quieting Draught is a Dram.
"The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay
Of course I took my dram like the other workmen, an' it never hurt me.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Reading is mostly dram-drinking, mostly drugging; it throws a veil over realities.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
You shall have money for tobacco and a dram.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
The minute he opened his eyes he went for his morning dram.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
I won't sell a man that's had a dram too many.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
He wanted both, for he was thirsting and hankering for a dram.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

But what can careless Molly hope
When she destroys two drams of soap?
Left in the sink while water pours
A text he'd handle full two hours.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton
Rattling, roaring, swearing, drinking;
How could thought her station keep?
Drams and drumming (faes to thinking)
Doz'd reflection fast asleep.
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
I wish I could put back a dram
As Ernie could;
I wish that I could cuss and damn
As soldier should;
And fain with every verse would I
Ernie outvie.
"Ernie Pyle" by Robert W Service
Having his paternoster said,
He took a dram and went to bed;
He fell asleep, and death was glad
That he had catched him; For Therburn was e'en ill bested,
That none did watch him.
"An Elegy Upon James Therburn, In Chatto" by James Thomson
They tauld ye that Davie was keen o' the drink,
That siller ne'er baid in his pouches a blink;
An' a' he got claut o' he waret on the dram,
An' ae pay ne'er sert till anither ane cam.
"The Drunkard's Wife" by Janet Hamilton
"Weel, neebor, for you an' puir Mary I'm wae,
That a chiel like Tam Broon shou'd ha'e tack'lt ye sae;
I ken him fu' weel, an' he's gi'en to the dram,
But sleekit, an' pawkie, and guid at a sham."
"The Ballad O' Mary Muiren" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Dram Shop Decision Gives Guidance To Plaintiffs On ' Visibly Intoxicated' Standard.
Alison Norton's am dram column.
Micron Technology, an Idaho-based manufacturer of DRAM and other memory solutions, has tapped Mark Durcan to assume the responsibilities of former CEO Steve Appleton , who died suddenly in a plane crash Friday at the age of 51.
The technology is also being developed by Toshiba and other companies at much higher storage capacity as a possible replacement for flash and DRAM memory.
DRAM Glut Killing Memory Makers' Profits.
You'd think that with all the smartphones and tablets people are buying these days, makers of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) would be living high on the hog.
Dram Shop Decision Gives Guidance To Plaintiffs On 'Visibly Intoxicated ' Standard.
Celtic mythology has the last laugh in 'A Dram of Drummhicit' premiering at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Micron 's DRAM buyout makes it a key Apple supplier.
Micron Technology has offered $1.5 billion to take over the troubled Japanese DRAM maker Elpida Memory, DigiTimes reports.
JEDEC has released its list of standards for the next-generation DDR4 DRAM memory, paving the way toward faster and more energy-efficient PCs.
A non-volatile, random access memory technology that is designed to initially replace flash memory and, eventually, DRAM memory.
M019307 Pineapple Oil - 1 Dram.
Four other Samsung executives have pleaded guilty to a DRAM price-fixing conspiracy and agreed to serve prison terms ranging from seven to eight months and to each pay a $250,000 fine.
Since the 1980s, the DRAM business has been a high-volume, commodity business, with the lion's share of production going to PCs.

In science:

Here, we explore the prognosis for a solid-state, scalable quantum dynamic random access memory (Q-DRAM), where the qubits are encoded by the spin orientations of single quantons in exchange-decoupled quantum dots.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
Because of the relatively short coherence time of electron or hole spins, non-volatile quantum static memories (Q-SRAMs) are not appropriate; rather, quantum dynamic memories (Q-DRAMs) may be possible if the qubit can be refreshed periodically through refresh cycles.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
For such niche applications, we can develop a Q-DRAM with present technology as explained below.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
This is a crude, but often effective, quantum dynamic random access memory (Q-DRAM).
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
In this brief report, we have pointed out the possibilities of quantum-dot based quantum dynamic random access memory (Q-DRAM), and outlined three possible schemes to implement qubit refreshing.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)