Definitions for: Cram

[v] prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
[v] study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"
[v] eat until one is sated; "He filled up on turkey"
[v] crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked"
[v] put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled; "cram books into the suitcase"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cram (kr[a^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crammed (kr[a^]md);
p. pr. & vb. n. Cramming.] [AS. crammian to cram; akin to
Icel. kremja to squeeze, bruise, Sw. krama to press. Cf.
1. To press, force, or drive, particularly in filling, or in
thrusting one thing into another; to stuff; to crowd; to
fill to superfluity; as, to cram anything into a basket;
to cram a room with people.

Their storehouses crammed with grain. --Shak.

He will cram his brass down our throats. --Swift.

2. To fill with food to satiety; to stuff.

Children would be freer from disease if they were
not crammed so much as they are by fond mothers.

Cram us with praise, and make us As fat as tame
things. --Shak.

3. To put hastily through an extensive course of memorizing
or study, as in preparation for an examination; as, a
pupil is crammed by his tutor.

Cram, v. i.
1. To eat greedily, and to satiety; to stuff.

Gluttony . . . . Crams, and blasphemes his feeder.

2. To make crude preparation for a special occasion, as an
examination, by a hasty and extensive course of memorizing
or study. [Colloq.]

Cram, n.
1. The act of cramming.

2. Information hastily memorized; as, a cram from an
examination. [Colloq.]

3. (Weaving) A warp having more than two threads passing
through each dent or split of the reed.

Synonyms: bone, bone up, chock up, drum, fill, fill up, get up, grind away, jam, jam, jampack, mug up, pack, ram, stuff, swot, swot up, wad

See Also: binge, englut, engorge, gear up, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, hit the books, ingurgitate, lay, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, place, pose, position, prepare, put, ready, satiate, scarf out, set, set, set up, study, stuff

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