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

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

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