battering ram


battering ram

noun

: a large and heavy piece of wood or other material that is used to hit and break through walls and doors

Full Definition of BATTERING RAM

1
:  a military siege engine consisting of a large wooden beam with a head of iron used in ancient times to beat down the walls of a besieged place
2
:  a heavy metal bar with handles used (as by firefighters) to batter down doors and walls

First Known Use of BATTERING RAM

1593

battering ram

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medieval weapon consisting of a heavy timber with a metal knob or point at the front. Rams were used to beat down the gates or walls of a besieged city or castle. Usually suspended by ropes from the roof of a movable shed, the timber was swung back and forth by its operators so that it banged against the structure under siege. The shed's roof was covered with animal skins to protect the operators inside it from bombardment with stones or fiery materials.

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