noun (1)
\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \

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


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


noun (2)
\ 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

Other Words from ram


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On 19th April, the Sun will leave the sign of the ram and enter into the sociable sign of the bull, bringing us a more relaxed vibe to the world around us. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 18 Apr. 2022 The couple posed in front of a sculpture of a ram by artist David Williams-Ellis. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 27 June 2022 Her husband shared a pic from the day on Instagram, of the couple posing in front of a sculpture of a ram by artist David Williams-Ellis. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 June 2022 Why was the ram called a rude host at his dinner party? Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 9 June 2022 Khnum was the Egyptian god of fertility, associated with water and represented as a man with a ram’s head. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 Rosh Hashanah begins Monday at sundown, customarily with the blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn, a sound traditionally meant to wake up people from their slumber, or perhaps in this year's case, quarantine. Ryan Prior, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Synagogues will also blow a shofar, a curved ram's horn, during Rosh Hashanah. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Skip straight to your sign: Aries, a fiery and ambitious ram is the first sign of the zodiac. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The muons and many of the neutrinos that make it to the surface of the planet begin with cosmic rays that ram into the upper atmosphere. James Riordon, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 Now, because of time constraints, the three anti-library trustees, Drblik, Makula and Schoenfeldt, are trying to ram their budget through. Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 The female driver admitted to having a handgun in the car but claimed that the other vehicle had attempted to ram her vehicle. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 25 June 2022 The driver used the ambulance to ram a patrol vehicle and strike a building, Oregon State Police said, before being arrested just outside of Portland. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 Last month, Dearborn police stationed officers outside mosques in the city after receiving reports of a man threatening Islamic houses of worship in metro Detroit and using his vehicle to ram drivers who are racial minorities. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2022 One of the partygoers in The First Purge has a mask with a long nose and ram horns. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 In such instances, a strong executive can ram through an abrupt policy change in one moment, explains Mr. Barker. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2022 British enterprise entrepreneur Richard Branson has used his speaking slots at events over the last decade to ram home one central message. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ram

Noun (1)

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


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


Middle English rammen, probably from ram, noun

Noun (2)

random-access memory

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\ 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.



Kids Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a male sheep


\ 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


\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \

Medical Definition of ram

: a male sheep

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