ram

noun (1)
\ ˈram \

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

RAM

noun (2)
\ ˈram \

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

Black Panther dropped into theaters on February 16, 2018 with all the force of a battering ram. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther Breakout Winston Duke Is Ready to Reset Hollywood," 4 Dec. 2018 The 5-foot-11, 222-pound battering ram sat out the second half of last weekend’s 25-17 loss to the Chargers with a hip injury, leaving his status for Sunday’s road game against the Rams a relative mystery. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After his family lost their house, Seahawks’ Chris Carson vows to fight homelessness in Seattle," 7 Nov. 2018 Side-window ram-air intakes and rear deck-lid venting maximize engine intake and cooling performance. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 One of the most important ways people celebrate Rosh Hashanah is by blowing a horn made out of a ram's horn, called a shofar. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah," 10 Sep. 2018 Then, at Fort Place and Montgomery Avenue, the officers saw the minivan ram into a house that serves as a bed-and-breakfast, crushing the man the police believe fired shots. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Man Is Killed by Stolen Minivan After Gunfire Near Courthouse," 10 July 2018 The stakes for the next nomination are too high for our community to sit back and let the White House ram through another anti-LGBTQ extremist. Caitlin Chen And Emily Cadei, sacbee, "'Terrifying': Advocates say abortion, gay rights threatened by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement," 27 June 2018 The first is a battering ram that crashes into the asteroid and makes a crater. Popular Mechanics, "The Asteroid Hunters," 11 Nov. 2015 Frogs, ferrets, rodents, peacocks and rams are also banned. San Francisco Chronicle, "Last word: No more snakes on the plane," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several people were injured and one counter protester, Heather Heyer, was killed when a driver rammed his car through a crowd gathered near the Downtown Mall. Fox News, "Charlottesville, DC prepare for anniversary of violent rally," 9 Aug. 2018 Authorities say Sizemore rammed a police cruiser and shot at Trooper Ethan Lewis, who was not injured. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Police: Man accused of shooting at state trooper is arrested," 12 Dec. 2018 The Monte Carlo had gone on a wild ride, careening through church grounds, fields and ditches, knocking over a street sign and ramming into a tree in someone’s front yard. New York Times, "From Fighting Injustice to Facing Death Row: The Bizarre Case of Pastor Glasgow," 7 July 2018 The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office released a video to their YouTube page showing the moment when a suspect rams his vehicle at a motorcyclist during a road rage incident. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Man who pooped on driver during road rage incident says he just 'had to drop it'," 12 June 2018 Johnson, unarmed, takes several blows to the head and is rammed into the elevator door. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Man beaten into submission by Arizona police officers in viral video speaks out," 7 June 2018 Three months later, a van rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge near Borough Market, killing eight. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "London Attack at Parliament Called 'Terrorist Incident'," 14 Aug. 2018 Large concrete bollards stand outside all school entrances to keep potential intruders from ramming through with a car. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 PARIS – Authorities in southeast France say police have arrested a man who rammed his car through two glass doors at Lyon's international airport and sped onto the runway. Fox News, "Man arrested after car-ramming at Lyon airport," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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ram

noun

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

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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of RAM

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

ram

noun
\ ˈram \

Medical Definition of ram

: a male sheep

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