ram

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

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 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

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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 Just imagine Sean McVay strolling into SoFi Stadium with an actual ram. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 An angel of the Lord stopped him so Abraham then took a ram and sacrificed it. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 Apr. 2021 According to court records, one aspect of those meetings was the killing of an animal alternately described in court records as a ram or a goat. al, 26 Apr. 2021 Look at the options: a ram, a lion, a centaur on the hunt. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, 26 Mar. 2021 One of the company’s products is a battering-ram drone that can be used to knock enemy drones out of the sky. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Apr. 2021 One photo banner at the Vilna Shul features the Golem as a firefighter with a shofar, an instrument made from a ram’s horn and blown as a call to action — in this case, to protect the environment. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2021 Deputies said lambs, goats and a ram were among the animals killed in the pen, but other farm animals on the property that were not in the pen were unharmed. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Yes, one of the stages includes eating ram testicles. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If a teenage driver were to ram into the rear-end of a self-driving car, there really isn’t much the self-driving car could have done to avoid the crash, assuming that the teen was at fault. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Manchin is the most prominent moderate Democrat who could block future efforts to ram infrastructure spending, voting rights reform, climate change legislation -- and anything else -- through a 50-50 Senate without Republican votes. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 4 June 2021 But the delicate 50-50 balance in the Senate represents an inbuilt vulnerability in Biden's position, adding to uncertainty over whether Democrats can ram through a bigger, alternative plan if Republicans leave the table. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 31 May 2021 The Republicans say that Democrats can either accept their bipartisan proposal — or try to ram a larger bill through without any Republican support. Grace Segers, CBS News, 27 May 2021 Cars coming down a street can ram into a person and the result is downright ugly. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Then Matt Grzelcyk and Brad Marchand worked their magic with Grzelcyk sending a perfect diagonal feed from above the left wing circle for Marchand to ram home with a one-timer. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Some moderate Democrats, like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have been irked by efforts to ram through relief legislation on a partisan vote (even though Manchin has now agreed to vote in favor of the budget process). Lanhee J. Chen, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 The vehicle rammed into two marked cruisers and one unmarked police vehicle, police said, and two officers on foot were struck after the vehicle proceeded to ram the three vehicles a second time. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, 26 Apr. 2021

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

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22 May 2021

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“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 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.

ram

noun

Kids Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a male sheep

RAM

noun
\ 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

ram

noun
\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \

Medical Definition of ram

: a male sheep

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