noun \ˈram\

: an adult male sheep

: a piece of machinery that is used to hit or lift something else

Full Definition of RAM

a :  a male sheep
b capitalized :  aries
a :  battering ram
b :  a warship with a heavy beak at the prow for piercing an enemy ship
:  any of various guided pieces for exerting pressure or for driving or forcing something by impact: as
a :  the plunger of a hydrostatic press or force pump
b :  the weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver

Origin of RAM

Middle English, from Old English ramm; akin to Old High German ram
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole



: to forcefully hit something

: to cause (something) to forcefully hit something

: to push (something) into a position or place with force


Full Definition of RAM

intransitive verb
:  to strike with violence :  crash
:  to move with extreme rapidity
transitive verb
:  to force in by or as if by driving
a :  to make compact (as by pounding)
b :  cram, crowd
:  to force passage or acceptance of <ram home an idea>
:  to strike against violently
ram·mer noun

Examples of RAM

  1. They deliberately rammed my car from behind.
  2. The car slid and rammed against the wall.
  3. He deliberately rammed his car into mine.
  4. She rammed her fist against the wall in anger.
  5. She rammed the cork into the barrel.
  6. He opened the chute and rammed the clothes down.

Origin of RAM

Middle English rammen, probably from ram, noun
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈram\

computers : the part of a computer in which information is stored temporarily when a program is being used

Full Definition of RAM

:  a computer memory on which data can be both read and written and on which the location of data does not affect the speed of its retrieval; especially :  RAM that acts as the main storage available to the user for programs and data —called also random-access memory — compare rom

Examples of RAM

  1. My computer is slow because it needs more RAM.

Origin of RAM

random-access memory
First Known Use: 1957

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router


noun \ˈram\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RAM

: a male sheep


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Projection fixed to the front end of a fighting vessel and designed to damage enemy ships struck by it. It may have been developed by the Egyptians as early as 1200 BC, but it was most commonly used on Phoenician, Greek, and Roman galleys. It was briefly revived in the mid-19th century, notably in the American Civil War, when rams mounted on armored, steam-driven warships were used effectively against wooden sailing ships. Improvements in naval weaponry and the spread of metal-hulled ships soon made it obsolete again. See also battering ram.


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