- an ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
- any of various similar devices, usually machine-powered, used in demolition, by police and firefighters to force entrance to a building, etc.
Origin of battering ram
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for battering ram
They'd rigged up a battering-ram and allowed they meant to smash in our front door.
We just let them skin their knuckles and strain their backs on the battering-ram.
There, with the solid force of a battering-ram, he pounded at the heart of the hill.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
I wanted a battering-ram, with which to smash the window and the blind.Seek and Find
But they had a far more powerful weapon than any battering-ram.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
- (esp formerly) a large beam used to break down the walls or doors of fortifications
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