hydraulic ram

noun

1
: a pump that forces running water to a higher level by utilizing the kinetic energy of flow, only a small portion of the water being so lifted by the velocity head of a much larger portion when the latter is suddenly checked by the closing of a valve
2
: the larger output piston of a hydraulic press or similar machine

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“Hydraulic ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydraulic%20ram. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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