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.Milton.
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.
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.Milton.
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;Berkeley.
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.Sharp.
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.Motley.
(Dra*mat"ic*al*ly), adv. In a dramatic manner; theatrically; vividly.
(||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.
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