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n. Chiefly British
Variant of gram1.


(Units) a variant spelling of gram1



a metric unit of mass or weight equal to 15.432 grains; 1/1000 of a kilogram. Abbr.: g, gr, gr. Also, esp. Brit., gramme.
[1790–1800; < French gramme < Late Latin gramma a small weight < Greek grámma something drawn, a small weight]



any of several beans, as the chickpea or mung bean, used as food.
[1695–1705; < Portuguese grão < Latin grānum grain]


a combining form meaning “something written, drawn, or plotted” ( diagram; epigram); “a written or drawn symbol or sequence of symbols” (ideogram; pentagram); “a message” (telegram); “an image or graphic record made by an instrument or as part of a diagnostic procedure” ( electrocardiogram).Compare -graph.
[< Greek -gramma, comb. form of grámma something written or drawn]


a combining form of gram 1 : kilogram.


a combining form extracted from telegram, used in the titles of newsletters, direct-mail solicitations, etc. (culturegram; electiongram) or the names, sometimes humorous, of personally delivered messages or gifts ( candygram; strippergram).


1. grammar.
2. grammatical.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gramme - a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram
metric weight unit, weight unit - a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
obolus - a Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
carat - a unit of weight for precious stones = 200 mg
dag, decagram, dekagram, dkg - 10 grams


[græm] N (Brit) → gramo m


[ˈgræm] ngramme m
500 grammes of cheese → cinq cents grammes de fromage
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The legislation passed the House in October 1998, but died in the Senate, in large part because Banking Committee Chairman Phil Gramm flatly opposed the measure.
Gramm said the compromise ``will make an array of financial services available to every American consumer and will provide lower prices and one-stop shopping at financial supermarkets in every city and town in the country.
For reasons that in hindsight defy rational analysis, the GOP establishment in 1996 was determined to nominate septuagenarian Bob Dole or the owlish Phil Gramm.
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Despite a miserable failure in his bid for the GOP Presidential nod, Gramm had been pegged as a sure bet to win reelection.
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Senator Phil Gramm accused "appeasement-before-country liberals" of being disloyal Americans.
In this year, dominated by budget parings to comply with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act (known for its authors, Gramm, Rudman and Hollings), the President's proposed R&D increase appears bountiful.
6%) of respondents were most affected by Sarbanes Oxley while Gramm Leach Bliley and the Patriot Act were a close second and third with 66.
His more than 20 years of financial policy expertise includes his most recent position as Republican staff director of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where he also served as committee staff director to former Senator and committee chairman Phil Gramm, R-Texas, from 1999 to 2001.
Senator Gramm has performed a valuable service by reminding us that there may indeed be an alternative to the officious, protectionist, uniondominated, anti-democratic, socialist-minded Europe that threatens both our prosperity and our liberties.