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noun

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

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Origin of ram

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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
ramlike, adjectiveun·rammed, adjective

Definition for ram (2 of 5)

ram2
[ ram ]
/ ræm /

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

Definition for ram (3 of 5)

RAM
[ ram ]
/ ræm /

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)
RAM , ROM

Definition for ram (4 of 5)

RAM

abbreviation

Definition for ram (5 of 5)

R.A.M.

abbreviation

Royal Academy of Music.
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British Dictionary definitions for ram (1 of 5)

ram
/ (ræm) /

noun

verb rams, ramming or rammed

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

British Dictionary definitions for ram (2 of 5)

Ram
/ (ræm) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for ram (3 of 5)

RAM1
/ (ræm) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for ram (4 of 5)

RAM2

abbreviation for

Royal Academy of Music

British Dictionary definitions for ram (5 of 5)

r.a.m.

abbreviation for

relative atomic mass
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Scientific definitions for ram

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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Cultural definitions for ram

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.)

hard drives on a computer are an example of RAM.
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