battering ram

noun

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

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First Known Use of battering ram

1593


BATTERING RAM Defined for English Language Learners

battering ram

noun

Definition of battering ram for English Language Learners

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


BATTERING RAM Defined for Kids

battering ram

noun bat·ter·ing ram \ ˈba-tə-riŋ- \

Definition of battering ram for Students

1 :an ancient military machine that consisted of a heavy beam with an iron tip swung back and forth in order to batter down walls
2 :a heavy metal bar with handles used (as by firefighters) to break down doors or walls


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