ram

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noun

verb (used with object), rammed, ram·ming.


Origin of ram

1
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 formsram·like, adjectiveun·rammed, adjective

Synonyms for ram

ram

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[ram]

Australian.

a confidence man's associate who acts as a decoy; confederate; shill.

Origin of ram

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1940–45; origin obscure; British criminal argot ramp swindle (earlier, as v.: snatch, tear) is a phonetically implausible source

RAM

[ram]

noun

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.
Compare ROM.

Origin of RAM

r(andom)-a(ccess) m(emory)
Can be confusedRAM ROM

RAM

R.A.M.

Royal Academy of Music.
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British Dictionary definitions for ram

ram

noun

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

verb rams, ramming or rammed

(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
Derived Formsrammer, noun

Word Origin for ram

Old English ramm; related to Old High German ram ram, Old Norse ramr fierce, rimma to fight

Ram

noun

the Ram the constellation Aries, the first sign of the zodiac

RAM

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n acronym for computing

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

RAM

2

abbreviation for

Royal Academy of Music

r.a.m.

abbreviation for

relative atomic mass
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Word Origin and History for 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).

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ram in Science

RAM

[răm]

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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ram in Culture

RAM

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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