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

One group used a makeshift battering-ram, fashioned from a trolley, to break a large glass door on the outside of the building. The Economist, "Protesters expose a fractured Hong Kong, but China’s grip only tightens," 5 July 2019 The new test, which was developed by the NFL with its Canadian lab, Biokinetics, uses a pneumatic ram that slams into the helmet at 19.6 meters per second on six different locations, including one random spot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "It took decades, but football helmet testing is becoming more sophisticated," 5 July 2019 Pottery and part of a sitting statue were also uncovered at the site, as well as a section of stone panel depicting a ram and a goose on an offering table. James Rogers, Fox News, "Rare Roman discovery thrills experts: Emperor's marble head found at Egyptian temple site," 25 Apr. 2018 Richard Massey’s group found evidence that some kind of dark pressure, ram pressure, is ripping the dark matter out of a galaxy. Quanta Magazine, "The Case for Complex Dark Matter," 20 Aug. 2015 The lovers of this dish anticipate the spring when the ram’s testicles are at their biggest. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "I Came for the Lamb Recipes, I Stayed for the Best Cookbook Writing of the Year," 13 June 2019 Karr gave the Bears a 16-14 lead late in the third quarter with an 8-yard touchdown reception from Bronko Nagurski on a trick play — a jump pass after the 235-pound battering ram of a fullback rushed toward the line. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 91, Bill Karr," 7 June 2019 In Knoxville, Tennessee, armed black men organized themselves to successfully repel hundreds of white rioters who had already destroyed the county jail with a battering ram and dynamite. Ursula Wolfe-rocca, Teen Vogue, "The Red Summer of 1919, Explained," 8 Apr. 2019 Smoked chicken is a brilliant addition to a crunchy green papaya salad with its rambunctious crew of tamarind, mint, rau ram and nuoc cham. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Authorities said Paulk rammed an investigator’s vehicle and was captured after a brief pursuit. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, NOLA.com, "‘Attack squirrel’ owner captured after police chase," 28 June 2019 Authorities said Paulk rammed an investigator’s vehicle and was captured after a brief pursuit. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "‘Attack squirrel’ suspect Mickey Paulk captured in Limestone County," 27 June 2019 The 22-month-old boy was ramming his toy lawn mower into walls, tables and television sets, giggling with each collision. oregonlive.com, "He never expected to be a single dad. Then a gunman in Virginia Beach made him one.," 17 June 2019 The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest after Filipino fishermen said a Chinese vessel rammed their anchored boat on Sunday night then abandoned them as the boat sank in the Reed Bank. Washington Post, "China denies its vessel intentionally hit Filipino boat," 15 June 2019 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Webber rammed task force members' vehicles with his car and showed a weapon before marshals opened fire. Fox News, "Vigil held for Tennessee man shot by fugitive task force," 15 June 2019 After DeCarlo allegedly rammed a police vehicle, former Vallejo Det. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo seeks to delay federal lawsuit case against police officers," 6 June 2019 The attacks occurred from the Morena district near Interstate 5 -- where a sleeping man was set on fire after spikes were rammed into his head and chest -- to Ocean Beach and East Village. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspect in deadly attacks on homeless found competent for trial," 5 June 2019 Then, still underneath Fermilab’s grounds, the protons will ram into a block of graphite, producing a shower of particles. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "Why Fermilab is Making A Neutrino Detector 800 Miles Long," 12 Mar. 2019

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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 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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