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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Tram, n.1 [Early, chiefly north. ME tramme (14th c., Gaw & Gr. Knt., E. E. Allit. P.) a contrivance, machination; the tackle of a ship, traim(me, traum(e, trawynn, tram, trame (all a1400-50 Alexander) a mechanical contrivance, a machine, an engine of war, ? OF traime (12th c. in Godefroy Compl.) the woof of a piece of cloth, also fig. a contrivance or ? f. as Tram n.2 Cf. also Tran(e n. and Cran n.2] An engine of war. — 1375 Barb. xvii 245 (C).
He gert engynis and trammys [E. cranys, 1571 traynis] ma … That till defend castell afferis

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