- 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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Examples from the Web for rammed
After the Affordable Care Act was rammed through the Congress, something changed.Why Criticizing Obama Isn’t Racist
November 29, 2013
And he rammed his own rifle one inch from the face of the half-asleep figure.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah
November 11, 2013
During a night operation in the Solomon Islands in 1943, the patrol torpedo boat he commanded was rammed by a Japanese destroyer.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
I was very lucky that their ringleader lost his balance as he rammed his bicycle into my abdomen for the second time.To the Woman Warrior I Didn't Know
January 5, 2013
The White House could not have been more ham-fisted in the way it rammed the bill through Congress.A Conservative Defense of Obamacare... from an AEI Scholar
September 30, 2012
He swallowed down the tea with a gulp, and rammed the bread into his pocket.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
Four of them seem to have rammed it and exploded without destroying it.Invasion
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
How many sticks of giant-powder have you rammed into this heading?The Greater Power
His hands were rammed deep into the pockets of his short leather jacket.Tales Of Hearsay
And I rammed all that into my story, the story I was telling to that young girl.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for rammed
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.