Fluid dram, or Fluid drachm. See under Fluid.

(Dram), v. i. & t. To drink drams; to ply with drams. [Low] Johnson. Thackeray.

(Dra"ma) (drä"ma or dra"ma; 277), n. [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]

1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.

A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.

2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. "The drama of war." Thackeray.

Westward the course of empire takes its way;
The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time's noblest offspring is the last.

The drama and contrivances of God's providence.

3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.

The principal species of the drama are tragedy and comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy, melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.

The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage. J. A. Symonds.

(Dra*mat"ic Dra*mat"ic*al) a. dramatique.]—> Of or pertaining to the drama; appropriate to, or having the qualities of, a drama; theatrical; vivid.

The emperor . . . performed his part with much dramatic effect.

(Dra*mat"ic*al*ly), adv. In a dramatic manner; theatrically; vividly.

Dramatis personæ
(||Dram"a*tis per*so"næ) [L.] The actors in a drama or play.

(Dram"a*tist) n. [Cf. F. dramatiste.] The author of a dramatic composition; a writer of plays.

(Dram"a*ti`za*ble) a. Capable of being dramatized.

(Dram`a*ti*za"tion) n. Act of dramatizing.

2. A minute quantity; a mite.

Were I the chooser, a dram of well-doing should be preferred before many times as mush the forcible hindrance of evildoing.

3. As much spirituous liquor as is usually drunk at once; as, a dram of brandy; hence, a potation or potion; as, a dram of poison. Shak.

4. (Numis.) A Persian daric. Ezra ii. 69.

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