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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Republican lawmakers are unabashedly ramming this appointment through the Senate, and some of their Democratic colleagues and more moderate Republicans are not doing nearly enough to stop it. Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue, "The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable. But We Can Actually Stop Him.," 31 Aug. 2018 Last summer, a van filled with knife-wielding terrorists rammed into crowds on London Bridge, murdering eight people and leaving 48 more injured. David Lammy, Time, "I'm a British Lawmaker. Here's Why I’m Protesting Trump’s Visit to the U.K.," 10 July 2018 After spotting the car, Ward allegedly rammed her car into the truck and then chased it around the Carrollton Avenue area. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Police seek woman accused of stabbing man, slashing his truck's tires," 18 May 2018 Gonzales, who was driving, began ramming a Tempe police car that tried to box him in, freeing his vehicle and driving off, police said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Tempe police identify woman fatally shot by officers," 6 July 2018 He’d also been accused in 2017 of driving naked in Arizona with a small child and then ramming a patrol car. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "DeKalb dad accused of killing, burying son, 5, says he’s not guilty," 22 June 2018 Another stormed down the sidewalk, barefoot and yelling, and rammed a shopping cart against a building. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Garcetti says L.A. can resume disputed ban on overnight sidewalk sleeping," 22 June 2018 Meals are funneled towards the squid’s razor-sharp beak, which can julienne food into bite-size pieces that are subsequently pulverized and rammed down its throat by a toothy tongue-like organ. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 Harrell and three passengers were thrown out of the boat, which then went into full throttle toward shore, ramming two other boats and slicing its way through three docks, the station reported. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "4 hurt, 3 boats wrecked, 3 docks sliced during chain reaction of havoc at NC coast," 8 June 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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