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Tram, n.2 Also: trahame, tramme. [North. e.m.E. tram(m (1516-17), tram (1585) a sledge or cart for transporting coal, MLG trame, treme, MDu. trame a balk, beam, rung, etc., LG traam a shaft of a barrow, etc.]

1. The shaft of a cart, sledge, etc. See also Barrow-tram n. b. transf. A sledge, consisting of two shafts and crosspieces of some sort, for transporting stones. 1544–5 Treas. Acc. VIII 360.
Ane pair of sled trammys to be lymmarris to ane of the saiddis falconis
1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III 231.
He brake ane cairt tram whairwith he … invaidit [etc.]
1638 Elphinstone Mun. 26.
Ane ald cherret witht trames and sadles
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII 368.
A gairdin hurle borrow with iron trams
b. 1512 Rentale Dunkeld. (SHS) 288.
[McWalkane, … driving a horse and] trahame [with stones for] lie bulwark

2. An upright post of a gibbet. 1601 Crim. Trials II 350.
Convict of the tressonabill setting of his maiesteis portract to the tramme of the gibbet
c1650 Spalding II 4.
The hangman brak his suord betuixt the crossis of Abirdein, and betuixt the gallowis-tramis standing thair

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