- a male sheep.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Aries.
- any of various devices for battering, crushing, driving, or forcing something, especially a battering ram.
- (formerly) a heavy beak or spur projecting from the bow of a warship for penetrating the hull of an enemy's ship.
- (formerly) a warship so equipped, especially one used primarily for ramming enemy vessels.
- the heavy weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver or the like.
- a piston, as on a hydraulic press.
- a reciprocating part of certain machine tools, as the toolholder of a slotter or shaper.
- hydraulic ram.
- to drive or force by heavy blows.
- to strike with great force; dash violently against: The car went out of control and rammed the truck.
- to cram; stuff: They rammed the gag in his mouth.
- to push firmly: to ram a bill through the Senate.
- to force (a charge) into a firearm, as with a ramrod.
Origin of ram1
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- a confidence man's associate who acts as a decoy; confederate; shill.
Origin of ram2
- random-access memory; computer memory available to the user for creating, loading, or running programs and for the temporary storage and manipulation of data, in which time of access to each item is independent of the storage sequence. As a storage medium, RAM is volatile, so its contents are lost when the power fails or is turned off.
Origin of RAM
- Royal Academy of Music.
Examples from the Web for ram
Where and when and why did Russ meet Ram Dass, for goodness sakes?The Great Russ Hemenway
March 3, 2014
And then the ram is caught by its horns in the bush and is sacrificed instead.The American Prophet of Delusion: Robert Stone in Conversation
November 15, 2013
They wanted to ram that fact down the throat of would-be rivals, like the Russians, and even longtime friends, like the French.How to Stop Iran: Obama's War By Other Means
September 28, 2013
Sales of the Ram Truck line were up 29 percent year over year, whiles sales of the Dodge Durango SUV were up 117 percent.U.S. Car Sales Roar in August
September 4, 2013
Encouraged by this success, Audi, Grand Cherokee and Ram all have plans to launch diesel vehicles going forward.July was the Greenest Month Ever for U.S. Car Sales
August 6, 2013
And they'll ram Truth down your throat till you're sick of it.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
One man got his family into a boat to go to Ram Island for safety.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He raised the fence-rail again and made as if to ram the door.The Inn at the Red Oak
He tried to ram the German ship with the stern of his ship, but failed in the attempt.
Then I went down and got that constable and he come and executed on that ram.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
- an uncastrated adult sheep
- a piston or moving plate, esp one driven hydraulically or pneumatically
- the falling weight of a pile driver or similar device
- short for battering ram
- Also called: rostrum, beak a pointed projection in the stem of an ancient warship for puncturing the hull of enemy ships
- a warship equipped with a ram
- slang a sexually active man
- (tr usually foll by into) to force or drive, as by heavy blowsto ram a post into the ground
- (of a moving object) to crash with force (against another object) or (of two moving objects) to collide in this waythe ships rammed the enemy
- (tr ; often foll by in or down) to stuff or cram (something into a hole, etc)
- (tr ; foll by onto, against etc) to thrust violentlyhe rammed the books onto the desk
- (tr) to present (an idea, argument, etc) forcefully or aggressively (esp in the phrase ram (something) down someone's throat)
- (tr) to drive (a charge) into a firearm
- the Ram the constellation Aries, the first sign of the zodiac
- random access memory: semiconductor memory in which all storage locations can be rapidly accessed in the same amount of time. It forms the main memory of a computer, used by applications to perform tasks while the device is operating
- Royal Academy of Music
- relative atomic mass
Word Origin and History for ram
Old English ramm "male sheep," also "battering ram" and the zodiac sign; earlier rom "male sheep," a West Germanic word (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German ram), of unknown origin. Perhaps [Klein] connected with Old Norse rammr "strong," Old Church Slavonic ramenu "impetuous, violent."
1957, acronym for random access memory (computerese).
"to beat with a heavy implement," c.1300, from ram (n.). Related: Rammed; ramming.