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Definition of ram

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a male sheep
b capitalized : aries
b : a warship with a heavy beak at the prow for piercing an enemy ship
3 : any of various guided pieces for exerting pressure or for driving or forcing something by impact: such as
a : the plunger of a hydrostatic press or force pump
b : the weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver

ram

verb
rammed; ramming

Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to strike with violence : crash
2 : to move with extreme rapidity

transitive verb

1 : to force in by or as if by driving
2a : to make compact (as by pounding)
b : cram, crowd
3 : to force passage or acceptance of ram home an idea
4 : to strike against violently
\ ˈram How to pronounce RAM (audio) \

Definition of RAM (Entry 3 of 3)

: a computer memory on which data can be both read and written and on which the location of data does not affect the speed of its retrieval especially : RAM that acts as the main storage available to the user for programs and data

called also random-access memory

— compare rom

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Other Words from ram

Verb

rammer noun

Examples of ram in a Sentence

Verb They deliberately rammed my car from behind. The car slid and rammed against the wall. He deliberately rammed his car into mine. She rammed her fist against the wall in anger. She rammed the cork into the barrel. He opened the chute and rammed the clothes down. Noun (2) My computer is slow because it needs more RAM.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The handful of structures that survived the inferno, including the doctors’ wood-frame residences, were torched the next night, after the incendiaries came back and took a battering ram to the Women’s Hospital. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "A Quarantine Hospital So Unwelcome that New Yorkers Burned it Down," 8 May 2020 The Spaniard proved to be an excellent battering ram for Tottenham last season, coming on late in the game to disrupt defences and to be a general pain in the backside. SI.com, "Analysing How Successful 10 Former Premier League Players Will Be After Moving to Serie A," 15 Sep. 2019 The 252-pound battering ram took the handoff from Brooks Bollinger on the Badgers' 17-yard line. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Ron Dayne sets the NCAA rushing record as Badgers clinch second straight Rose Bowl berth," 14 May 2020 Filming the Siege of York, Gibson built a working battering ram outside Ireland's Trim Castle. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Braveheart' turns 25: How Mel Gibson went full-on epic with real armies, mechanical horses," 12 May 2020 The Civil War that keeps infringing on his three principals’ plans to cheat one another out of the loot is to Leone no more meaningful than mindless rams butting heads. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Opera," 2 May 2020 One man in Frankfort, Kentucky, blew a shofar, a Jewish religious instrument made from a ram’s horn blown at the start of a battle. Diana Daly, The Conversation, "What are the ‘reopen’ protesters really saying?," 1 May 2020 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg welcomed some new baby farm animals to the world a few weeks ago — a baby ram and several ewes. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Kentucky's cutest new additions: Baashear the ram and Virginia the lamb," 23 Apr. 2020 Honeysuckle and this fiery-orange tiger lily even have recurved petals, reminiscent of ram’s horns. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Check Your Floroscope—Here’s the Perfect Flower for Every Astrology Sign," 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The suspect -- later identified as Benjamin Brooks, 38 -- allegedly tried to ram officer's cars and fired a gun at them during the pursuit. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Police shoot suspect during slow-speed pursuit in Delaware County," 28 June 2020 Both the lead motorcycle and Johnson’s car hit the brakes suddenly, causing a Range Rover SUV carrying his security detail to ram into the back of the Jaguar. Fox News, "Boris Johnson's car in minor crash after protester jumps in front of caravan," 17 June 2020 In Beijing, the annual session of China’s legislature is expected to ram through a law to prevent and punish any acts of secession, subversion or terrorism in the city that threaten national security. Eric Lam, Bloomberg.com, "Hong Kong Protests Roar Back After China Tightens Grip on City," 24 May 2020 At a Wednesday morning press conference, Portland Police Bureau Chief Jami Resch also defended officers’ use of force during the protests after video surfaced showing police ramming through a barricade near protesters hours earlier. oregonlive, "Portland protests continue for 7th night in response to death of George Floyd (live updates)," 4 June 2020 Officers shot one suspect and then pursued another suspect who had rammed into a police vehicle before leading police on a high-speed chase into Rodeo, according to police scanner traffic. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "National Guard rolls into Vallejo as police respond to second night of looting, violence," 3 June 2020 The truck had damage consistent with ramming the front of the business. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "13 arrested in Mobile weekend protests," 2 June 2020 Pittman had a stellar career at USC and Taylor rammed through Big Ten defenses (especially Purdue) for three seasons at Wisconsin. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Twitter reacts favorably to Colts second-round 2020 NFL Draft picks," 25 Apr. 2020 Similarly, the album’s title track is a virtuosic showcase that finds DaBaby right at home, ramming through a litany of drumless beat switches, emphasizing the natural percussiveness of his voice. Sam Hockley-smith, EW.com, "DaBaby charts a new path forward on Blame it on Baby: Review," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ram

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1519, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ram

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English ramm; akin to Old High German ram

Verb

Middle English rammen, probably from ram, noun

Noun (2)

random-access memory

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Time Traveler for ram

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The first known use of ram was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

10 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for ram

ram

noun
How to pronounce RAM (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ram

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an adult male sheep
: a piece of machinery that is used to hit or lift something else

ram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

: to forcefully hit something
: to cause (something) to forcefully hit something
: to push (something) into a position or place with force

RAM

noun
How to pronounce RAM (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of RAM (Entry 3 of 3)

computers : the part of a computer in which information is stored temporarily when a program is being used

ram

verb
\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \
rammed; ramming

Kids Definition of ram

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to strike or strike against with violence … I rammed my elbow back into my best friend's chest.— Jerry Spinelli, Crash
2 : to force in, down, or together by driving or pressing He rammed clothes into a suitcase.
3 : force entry 2 sense 2 The law was rammed through Congress.

ram

noun

Kids Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a male sheep

RAM

noun
\ ˈram How to pronounce RAM (audio) \

Kids Definition of RAM

: a computer memory that provides the main storage available to the user for programs and data

ram

noun
\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \

Medical Definition of ram

: a male sheep

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