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

Examples of battering ram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That explained the protuberance on its snout, which resembled a tiny battering ram. John Horgan, Scientific American, 24 July 2021 The 26-year-old Taylor, an emergency medical technician who had been studying to become a nurse, was roused from sleep by police who came through the door using a battering ram. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2021 The 26-year-old Taylor, an emergency medical technician who had been studying to become a nurse, was roused from sleep by police who came through the door using a battering ram. chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired one shot as police used a battering ram to break in the apartment's front door, reportedly striking Sgt. Tessa Duvall, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2020 The video showed officers running in formation, in camouflage fatigues with assault rifles and breaking down a door with a battering ram like the type banned after the March 13 death of Breonna Taylor, The Courier Journal previously reported. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 19 Nov. 2020 After police used a battering ram to force entry into Taylor's apartment, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot that struck Sgt. Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal, 29 June 2021 The specifics of Taylor's killing have been laid out in detail: Police arrived after midnight and used a battering ram to knock open the door. Kate Brumback, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 The specifics of Taylor’s killing have been laid out in detail: Police arrived after midnight and used a battering ram to knock open the door. Kate Brumback, ajc, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of battering ram

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Battering ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battering%20ram. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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battering ram

noun

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

noun
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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