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ramrod

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noun ram·rod \ˈram-ˌräd\

Simple Definition of ramrod

  • : a metal bar that is used to push explosive material down into the barrel of some old-fashioned guns

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ramrod

  1. 1 :  a rod for ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm

  2. 2 :  a cleaning rod for small arms

  3. 3 :  boss, overseer

1757

First Known Use of ramrod

1757

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms


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ramrod

adjective ram·rod

Definition of ramrod

  1. :  marked by rigidity, severity, or stiffness



Examples of ramrod in a sentence

  1. <a ramrod camp director who's been known to send kids home for a minor infraction of the rules>



1850

First Known Use of ramrod

1850


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ramrod

verb ram·rod

Definition of ramrod

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to direct, supervise, and control



Circa 1940

First Known Use of ramrod

circa 1940


4

ramrod

adverb ram·rod

Definition of ramrod

  1. :  in a fully upright position :  rigidly <sat ramrod straight>



1954

First Known Use of ramrod

1954



RAMROD Defined for Kids

ramrod

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noun ram·rod \ˈram-ˌräd\

Definition of ramrod for Students

  1. :  a rod for forcing the charge down the barrel in a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle





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