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[ram] /ræm/
noun
1.
a male sheep.
2.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Aries.
3.
any of various devices for battering, crushing, driving, or forcing something, especially a battering ram.
4.
(formerly) a heavy beak or spur projecting from the bow of a warship for penetrating the hull of an enemy's ship.
5.
(formerly) a warship so equipped, especially one used primarily for ramming enemy vessels.
6.
the heavy weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver or the like.
7.
a piston, as on a hydraulic press.
8.
a reciprocating part of certain machine tools, as the toolholder of a slotter or shaper.
verb (used with object), rammed, ramming.
10.
to drive or force by heavy blows.
11.
to strike with great force; dash violently against:
The car went out of control and rammed the truck.
12.
to cram; stuff:
They rammed the gag in his mouth.
13.
to push firmly:
to ram a bill through the Senate.
14.
to force (a charge) into a firearm, as with a ramrod.
Origin of ram1
900
before 900; Middle English: male sheep, machine for ramming, Old English ram(m); cognate with Dutch, Low German ram, German Ramme; (v.) Middle English rammen, derivative of the noun; compare Old High German rammen
Related forms
ramlike, adjective
unrammed, adjective
Synonyms
10. jam, thrust, beat, hammer.
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  • He will charge the boat, and nothing but the churning propeller will keep him from ramming the boat.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But the ramming of our trap went on, and I saw that it was beginning to yield.

  • Like the Congress, she lay upon a sand bar, beyond fear of ramming.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • ramming his hands in his pockets, he pulled out a handful of silver.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Here she was coming at the cruiser as if with the intention of ramming her.

  • Next, fill in with soil, packing it firmly and ramming it hard into every crevice.

    Making A Rock Garden Henry Sherman Adams
  • He loaded, ramming the charge down and pressing down the wad.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The authors think this is the highest cost on record for ramming.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for ramming

Ram

/ræm/
noun
1.
the Ram, the constellation Aries, the first sign of the zodiac

RAM1

/ræm/
noun acronym (computing)
1.
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

RAM2

abbreviation
1.
Royal Academy of Music

ram

/ræm/
noun
1.
an uncastrated adult sheep
2.
a piston or moving plate, esp one driven hydraulically or pneumatically
3.
the falling weight of a pile driver or similar device
4.
short for battering ram
5.
Also called rostrum, beak. a pointed projection in the stem of an ancient warship for puncturing the hull of enemy ships
6.
a warship equipped with a ram
7.
(slang) a sexually active man
verb rams, ramming, rammed
8.
(transitive) usually foll by into. to force or drive, as by heavy blows: to ram a post into the ground
9.
(of a moving object) to crash with force (against another object) or (of two moving objects) to collide in this way: the ships rammed the enemy
10.
(transitive; often foll by in or down) to stuff or cram (something into a hole, etc)
11.
(transitive; foll by onto, against etc) to thrust violently: he rammed the books onto the desk
12.
(transitive) to present (an idea, argument, etc) forcefully or aggressively (esp in the phrase ram (something) down someone's throat)
13.
(transitive) to drive (a charge) into a firearm
Derived Forms
rammer, noun
Word Origin
Old English ramm; related to Old High German ram ram, Old Norse ramr fierce, rimma to fight
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Word Origin and History for ramming

ram

n.

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."

RAM

n.

1957, acronym for random access memory (computerese).

ram

v.

"to beat with a heavy implement," c.1300, from ram (n.). Related: Rammed; ramming.

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ramming in Science
RAM
  (rām)   
Short for random access memory. The main memory of a computer, in which data can be stored or retrieved from all locations at the same (usually very high) speed. See also dynamic RAM, static RAM.

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ramming in Culture

RAM definition


Acronym for random access memory, which is a type of memory in which a reader can go to a specific item without having to start at the beginning. Random access memories can often be altered once an item is found. (See computer memory and magnetic memory storage; compare ROM.)

Note: hard drives on a computer are an example of RAM.
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