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v. crammed, cram·ming, crams
1. To force, press, or squeeze (something) into an insufficient or barely sufficient space; stuff.
a. To feed a large amount of food to (an animal).
b. To fill (oneself or one's stomach, for example) with food.
1. To move into and fully occupy a space: The students crammed into the tiny classroom.
2. To study hastily for an impending examination: was up all night cramming for the history midterm.
Hasty study for an imminent examination.

[Middle English crammen, from Old English crammian; see ger- in Indo-European roots.]

cram′mer n.


(Education) intensive study, esp in order to pass an exam
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Came the several days of the examinations, during which time I scarcely closed my eyes in sleep, devoting every moment to cramming and reviewing.
my dear master," replied Planchet, "you know very well that your horse is the jewel of the family; that my lads are caressing it all day, and cramming it with sugar, nuts, and biscuits.
She remained at her father's house during the winter months, plucking fowls, or cramming turkeys and geese, or making clothes for her sisters and brothers out of some finery which d'Urberville had given her, and she had put by with contempt.
The poor girl was almost distracted: that quarter of the palace was all in an uproar; the servants ran for ladders; the monkey was seen by hundreds in the court, sitting upon the ridge of a building, holding me like a baby in one of his forepaws, and feeding me with the other, by cramming into my mouth some victuals he had squeezed out of the bag on one side of his chaps, and patting me when I would not eat; whereat many of the rabble below could not forbear laughing; neither do I think they justly ought to be blamed, for, without question, the sight was ridiculous enough to every body but myself.
HAFIZABAD -- Speakers at a seminar stressed a need for promoting useful, meaningful and creative education system by elimination of cramming.
Attorneys general from 45 states have hailed this is a key breakthrough in the fight against mobile Relevant Products/Services cramming.
Don't get into the habit of cramming the bag with gloves, maps, checklists, knee boards, flashlights, books or other TA-50 stuff.
Just as college students this time of year are cramming for final exams and working nonstop to finish term papers, state legislators are doing some cramming of their own this week.
FORMER Olympic athlete Steve Cram was banned from driving yesterday for cramming too many people into his car.
You've known about it for more than a week and now you have 10 chapters to read and memorize, and you're cramming.
Recognizing that this proposed change in the rule is intended to prevent Web site cramming, Wasch noted that new developments in the delivery of software and digital content would be unfairly discriminated against.
In the present study, we assessed the relationship between cramming and Csikszentrnihalyi's (1990, 1997) flow state.