battering ram


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

Examples of battering ram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blake Comeau was a battering ram all over the ice with seven hits. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Golden Knights hammered: Jamie Benn’s physical play sets tone for Stars in Game 1," 6 Sep. 2020 The officers broke down the green door with a gold No. 4 on it using a battering ram. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Breonna Taylor had big plans before police knocked down her door in deadly raid," 6 Sep. 2020 After police used a battering ram to break open Taylor's front door, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired a single shot, which police said struck Sgt. Darcy Costello, USA TODAY, "Why were police at Breonna Taylor's home? Here's what an investigative summary says," 5 Sep. 2020 Police broke down the apartment's front door with a battering ram, after knocking. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Breonna Taylor shooting: New crime scene photos reveal dozens of police shell casings," 4 Sep. 2020 Vocalist Lauren Kashan’s rageful lyrics about feminism, political apathy and more urgent issues are perfectly scored by her bandmates’ instrumental battering ram of breakdowns and roaring guitars. Sameer Rao,, "It’s been a summer. Here’s some Baltimore area music you might’ve missed.," 1 Sep. 2020 The three officers, who used a battering ram to enter Taylor’s apartment, were wearing plainclothes., "San Antonio police chief limited no-knock warrants in June," 24 Aug. 2020 Taylor and Walker were rattled out of bed, prompting Walker to fire a single shot as the door was breached by a battering ram. Washington Post, "As Breonna Taylor protests stretch into 12th week, calls for officers’ arrests intensify," 19 Aug. 2020 Although used as a battering ram for most of his time on the Southside, the senior running back has shed weight -- increasing his speed – and looks to be more than just a bruising runner between the tackles. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB fall camp position breakdown: Running backs," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of battering ram

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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11 Sep 2020

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“Battering ram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of battering ram

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

battering ram

bat·​ter·​ing ram | \ ˈba-tə-riŋ- \

Kids Definition of battering ram

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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