battering ram

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the robot shoots and identifies targets, two men take turns battering it with a hockey stick, a battering ram and a large ball. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 So in the first quarter, Lance was placed in the role of battering ram three times. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2022 Chance Cauthen, the Hawks' battering ram of a goal-line back, punched in a pair of short yardage touchdowns. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2022 Army has a battering ram in the backfield with 260-pound JaKobi Buchanan and speed with Tyler and the elusive Robinson. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2022 Within hours of Mayers’ arrest, police used a pry bar and battering ram to enter the musician’s Los Angeles home with a search warrant seeking evidence in the November shooting, sources familiar with the investigation said. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Guy was sleeping when officers smashed his window and slammed a battering ram into his front door. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Hankison said that as a police battering ram broke open Taylor’s door, the blast of a gun lit up the apartment’s hallway and his fellow officer fell wounded in the doorway. Dylan Lovan, chicagotribune.com, 2 Mar. 2022 Hankison said that as a police battering ram broke open Taylor's door, the blast of a gun lit up the apartment's hallway and his fellow officer fell wounded in the doorway. CBS News, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battering ram was in 1593

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“Battering ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battering%20ram. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

battering ram

noun
1
: an ancient military machine consisting of a large iron-tipped wooden beam used to beat down walls
2
: a heavy metal bar with handles used (as by firefighters) to batter down doors and walls

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