ram

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noun (1)

1
a
: a male sheep
b
capitalized : aries
2
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

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verb

rammed; ramming

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
2
a
: 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
rammer noun

RAM

3 of 3

noun (2)

: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said Friday the carcass of the adult ram was found not far from a farm field near Gila Bend, about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 For two weeks, the building had displayed seasonal dioramas, and one, alongside the Nativity scenes and menorahs, was especially eye-catching: a six-foot-tall robed figure with a ram’s head meant to be the pagan god Baphomet. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2024 According to Devlin’s report, the tactical unit decided to breach the front door of the residence using an extended ram attached to the front of an armored vehicle. Staff Reports, Hartford Courant, 15 Jan. 2024 For the most part, scientists have studied aspects of procreation in space only in animals, including fruit flies, frogs, newts, geckos, aquatic crustaceans, quails, rats, mice and, intriguingly, rams. Kim Tingley, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 The current dominant ram is Igor, and he was named—as were all his associates—by Luke’s three young sons. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was sleeping at home with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when officers charged into the apartment, using a battering ram to break down the door. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 That's when the Dodge minivan rams the Alfa Romeo into the shoulder of the freeway in a scene worthy of a Hollywood stunt. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 27 Oct. 2023 After a snow leopard kills nine rams owned by a herder, a bitter conflict ensues between the herder who wants to kill the snow leopard and the father who wants to release it. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Oct. 2023
Verb
The car had come to a stop in the dirt parking lot, before the Volkswagen suddenly backed up and rammed the patrol vehicle, the CHP said. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 Crews continued to search for the bodies of missing workers and federal officials were investigating Wednesday after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, the third instance of a ship ramming into a bridge around the world this year. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed after the Dali cargo ship rammed into it early Tuesday morning. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Members of a pod had been ramming and shaking boats in the area for more than three years, and had now sunk four. Sallie Tisdale, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 In a previous version of the policy, the department restricted officers from attempting to force a fleeing vehicle from the road by driving alongside or in front of it, ramming a vehicle and, in most circumstances, firing a gun to stop a vehicle or firing from a moving vehicle. Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 Feb. 2024 Police said the woman intentionally rammed the Kia owner, who ended up on the hood of the Corvette. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2024 Chiarello’s car troubles were soon overshadowed, however, by viral images of the aftermath of an accident late Sunday night in which a Cybertruck driver rammed the iconic sign of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2024 Most of the dead were killed by ramming as aid truck drivers tried to escape the gunfire and chaos, eyewitnesses and the IDF both said. Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

ram

1 of 3 noun
1
: a male sheep
2

ram

2 of 3 verb
rammed; ramming
1
: to strike or strike against with violence : crash
2
: to force in, down, or through by or as if by driving or pressing
rammer noun

RAM

3 of 3 noun
: a computer memory that acts as the main storage available to the user for programs and data compare ROM

Medical Definition

ram

noun
: a male sheep

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