- The definition of a cram is a quick study for an exam that is very soon.
An example of a cram is a 30 minute study session in the hour before a test.
- To cram is defined as to force something into a space that is too small or to study quickly for an exam that is very soon.
- An example of to cram is to fit 50 people in a room made for 35.
- An example of to cram is to start studying for a test the night before and stay up all night doing so.
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- to fill (a space) beyond normal capacity by pressing or squeezing; pack full or too full
- to stuff; force: to cram papers into a drawer
- to feed to excess; stuff with food
- to prepare (a student) or review (a subject) for an examination in a hurried, intensive way
Origin: Middle English crammen ; from Old English crammian, to squeeze inch(es) stuff; akin to Middle High German krammen, grip with claws ; from Indo-European an unverified form grem-, to press, compress (from source Classical Latin gremium, lap, bosom) ; from base an unverified form ger-, to hold, seize
- to eat too much or too quickly
- to study or review a subject in a hurried, intensive way, as in preparation for an examination
- a crowded condition; crush
- the act of cramming for an examination
- crammer noun
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verb crammed crammed, cram·ming, crams verb, transitive
- To force, press, or squeeze into an insufficient space; stuff.
- To fill too tightly.
- a. To gorge with food.b. To eat quickly and greedily.
- Informal To prepare (students) hastily for an impending examination.
- To gorge oneself with food.
- Informal To study hastily for an impending examination: was up all night cramming for the history midterm.
- A group that has been crammed together; a crush.
- Informal Hasty study for an imminent examination.
Origin: Middle English crammen, from Old English crammian; see ger- in Indo-European roots.
- cramˈmer noun
cram - Computer Definition
(1) (Chalcogenide RAM) See phase change memory.
(2) (Card Random Access Memory) An early magnetic card mass storage device from NCR that was made available on its 315 computer systems in 1962. It offered reasonably reliable random access storage at a time when magnetic tapes with sequential access were the primary storage medium. A Mechanical Wonder CRAM used a removable cartridge housing a deck of 3x14" cards with a magnetic recording surface. There were initially 256, and later 512, cards in the deck, providing 5.5MB and 11MB of storage. With a roomful of 16 units connected to the computer, the total storage capacity was 176 megabytes, a rather large amount of random access capacity for that era. With air blowing over them to keep them apart, the notched cards were suspended from eight rods that were selectively moved to release a specific card. The card was dropped and wrapped around a rotating drum using air pressure. After reading or writing, it was returned to the cartridge. Every once in a while, two cards dropped at the same time, causing a loud halt to the operation. See RACE and Data Cell.
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