- a male sheep.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Aries.
- 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 ramming
But it remains to be seen if Reid actually is committed to ramming through new rules with a more slender majority.Senate Fight Over Filibuster Reform Rages, With Eye on Nuclear Option
December 13, 2012
PLUS, Peter Beinart on the case for ramming health-care through.8 Top Moments from the Health-Care Summit
The Daily Beast Video
February 25, 2010
He will charge the boat, and nothing but the churning propeller will keep him from ramming the boat.Tales of Fishes
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
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.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser
Walter Fenton Mott
- 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 ramming
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.