ram

noun (1)
\ ˈram \

Definition of ram 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a male sheep

b capitalized : aries

2a : battering ram

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

Frogs, ferrets, rodents, peacocks and rams are also banned. San Francisco Chronicle, "Last word: No more snakes on the plane," 15 May 2018 Coupled rams need to curb their explosive tendencies or risk destroying their relationships altogether. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Worst Relationship Habit," 14 May 2018 And sharp-eyed visitors can find two of his screenprints — one depicting a bald eagle and the other a ram — in the stairwell leading to the second floor galleries. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Andy Warhol arrives with a bang this summer in San Antonio," 26 June 2018 Getting to the water at Nantasket Beach Reservation in Hull soon will be a little easier now that the state has permission to use heavy equipment to remove stones, sharp rocks and gravel from access rams and the nearby beach. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Post-winter debris to be removed from Nantasket Beach pathways," 2 July 2018 Finally, police tried to enter the garage with a battering ram. Eric Adler And Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "‘KCPD murdered my only daughter,’ says mother of woman who wielded decorative sword," 15 June 2018 For their test firing, the researchers used a hydraulic ram to drive the cylinder into a preheated engine. The Economist, "A rocket that devours itself," 31 May 2018 At the same time, firefighters used a hydraulic ram to force the top of the seat back. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Woman crashes van into parked cars at Troy Motor Mall," 24 May 2018 Carroll, who could be (extremely) charitably (and inaccurately) described as the poor man's Zlatan Ibrahimović, is a battering ram that simply doesn't fit Chelsea's style of play. SI.com, "FanView: Why the Chelsea Board's Farcical Pursuit of Andy Carroll Demonstrates a Slide in Stature," 17 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dolphins ram their heads into the sides of pools, and sea lion pups try to nurse from each other instead of adult females. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Perth Now reported that a 15-year-old rammed her mother’s Mitsubishi Pajero into a KFC. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "How far are you willing to go for your KFC? This Australian woman is going to jail.," 3 July 2018 During the other, shorter pursuit, a getaway car rammed two police vehicles, police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "East Hartford PD: Two Chases In Three Hours, Three Arrests," 25 June 2018 Sutcliffe called out to her husband, Jeremy, who ran over with a shovel and rammed the tool into the venomous animal, decapitating it. PEOPLE.com, "Father of Two Nearly Dies After Being Bitten By Rattlesnake's Severed Head: 'It Was Very Scary'," 7 June 2018 The truck crashed into the ditch embankment at the intersection of Mike Cooper Road, rammed into several trees and overturned. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "North Shore man killed in single-vehicle accident near Ponchatoula," 1 May 2018 The rally, organized by white nationalist Jason Kessler, turned violent when a man rammed a car into the crowd, killing one and injuring at least 19. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, speaking in Philly, urges people to call out 'untruth, misinformation, and just plain BS'," 20 June 2018 Heather Heyer, 32, a protester at a white supremacist rally, died after a driver rammed a car into a crowd of demonstrators. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Holocaust denier running for Congress has no opponents in Republican primary," 9 Feb. 2018 That's around the time that Boedecker's husband alleges Boedecker threw a brick at his truck and rammed it with her Jeep Patriot. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Clay County social worker was at girls' home hours before they were found dead," 11 July 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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More Definitions for ram

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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