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


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


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

Other Words from ram


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ram sighting may mark one of many Utah wildlife encounters as winter continues. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 Her vehicle also had a distinctive ram head sticker on the rear windshield, under the wiper, police have said. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 22 Aug. 2022 These two feeding methods are called ram feeding and suction feeding. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 Aug. 2022 An expensive ladoum like Joe Biden would typically be sold between farmers for breeding purposes—the bigger the ram, the larger the offspring. Sam Bradpiece, Quartz, 6 July 2022 Throughout the event, which occurred on the second night of Rosh Hashanah, songs, prayers and speeches were punctuated by the bleating sounds of a shofar, a musical instrument fashioned from a ram’s horn for Jewish rituals. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, 21 Sep. 2020 On 19th April, the Sun will leave the sign of the ram and enter into the sociable sign of the bull, bringing us a more relaxed vibe to the world around us. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 18 Apr. 2022 The couple posed in front of a sculpture of a ram by artist David Williams-Ellis. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 27 June 2022 Her husband shared a pic from the day on Instagram, of the couple posing in front of a sculpture of a ram by artist David Williams-Ellis. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the traffic stop near the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Maryland Route 7, Page began to ram the car into officers’ vehicles and a bystander’s vehicle, police said. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2022 The pickup was used to ram through the overhead bay door. Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 Ojeda Agundez also tried to ram a U.S. Customs and Border Protection boat before his ship was stopped, prosecutors said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 But instead Beijing installed a succession of barely competent leaders who tried to ram through unpopular measures meant to bring the city of 7.5 million more firmly under Chinese control. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 The muons and many of the neutrinos that make it to the surface of the planet begin with cosmic rays that ram into the upper atmosphere. James Riordon, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 Now, because of time constraints, the three anti-library trustees, Drblik, Makula and Schoenfeldt, are trying to ram their budget through. Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 The female driver admitted to having a handgun in the car but claimed that the other vehicle had attempted to ram her vehicle. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 25 June 2022 The driver used the ambulance to ram a patrol vehicle and strike a building, Oregon State Police said, before being arrested just outside of Portland. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ram

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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


Middle English rammen, probably from ram, noun

Noun (2)

random-access memory

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\ 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.



Kids Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a male sheep


\ 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


\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \

Medical Definition of ram

: a male sheep

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