gram

Definitions

General Science

Agriculture

  • noun a metric measure of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram.

Aviation

  • noun a unit of measurement of weight, equal to one thousandth of a kilogram.

Electronics

  • (written as -gram)
    A suffix denoting something written, drawn, or recorded. For instance, electrocardiogram, or spectrogram.
  • A unit of mass equal to 10-3 kg. It is the also the unit of mass in the obsolescent cgs system. Its deprecated abbreviation is gm. Instead, its symbol, g, should always be used.

Food

  • Subdivision of the kilogram unit of weight, 1 kilogram equals 1000 grams. Abbreviated g.
  • Channa, unless qualified as in black gram or green gram, etc.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a measurement of weight which is used to indicate the quality of paper

Travel

  • noun a measure of weight equalling one thousandth of a kilo

Origin & History of “gram”

Gram, or gramme as it is sometimes spelled, was borrowed at the end of the 18th century from French gramme, the term adopted in 1799 as the basic unit of weight in the metric system. The word itself goes back via late Latin gramma ‘small unit’ to Greek grámma (source of English grammar), which originally meant ‘letter of the alphabet’ but later came to be used for ‘small weight’.
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