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

The Ravens will again rely on their twin battering rams, defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce, to occupy opposing blockers. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Scouting report for Sunday’s Ravens-Dolphins game," 5 Sep. 2019 The fierce ram is not, however, terribly prone to openly weeping onto a musical instrument… which is where CANCER comes in. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Taylor Swift album you should listen to, based on your zodiac sign," 22 Aug. 2019 The body camera footage shows officers knocking on the door and announcing themselves three times before breaching the home with a ram. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Lawyers say an unarmed man who didn't speak English was killed by police. Now his family has filed a claim for damages," 29 Aug. 2019 When Ruvido didn’t appear in court on Monday, more than a dozen officers armed with a battering ram, rifles and shields broke down Ruvido’s door in suburban Carmel Valley, according to the station. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "San Diego police sergeant accused of sex crime found dead after failing to show for court," 6 Aug. 2019 Barker had been tipped off by someone who saw the photograph online of one of the hunters with a ram; the caption described the kill site as in northern British Columbia. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 But with a new season ahead and a new offense in place, the battering ram who couldn’t catch has the chance to be much more. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Can’t catch? USC’s Markese Stepp is out to prove he can be an Air Raid threat," 26 Aug. 2019 This massive cactus species can grow over 40 feet tall, making them ideal symbols of the glory of the American Southwest and, also, very effective battering rams. Aj Willingham And Chris Boyette, CNN, "A man got drunk and impaled his car on a giant saguaro cactus," 11 July 2019 Muslims believe that as Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped his hand and gave him a sheep or ram in place of his son. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Here's what you need to know about Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's biggest holidays," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. Anchorage Daily News, "Texas shooter got gun at private sale after being denied in 2014 background check," 4 Sep. 2019 Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. Fox News, "Before mass shooting, Texas gunman 'was on a long spiral down,' investigator says," 3 Sep. 2019 Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. CBS News, "Texas gunman called both police and FBI before deadly shooting rampage," 2 Sep. 2019 Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "‘We are one’: Community vows to heal as police investigate motive for West Texas shootings," 2 Sep. 2019 Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. Jake Bleiberg, The Denver Post, "Texas gunman was fired from job, called FBI before shooting," 2 Sep. 2019 Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. Jake Bleiberg, Twin Cities, "FBI: West Texas gunman ‘was on a long spiral of going down’," 2 Sep. 2019 In early May, 72-year-old Virginia Junk of Boise, Idaho, was rammed by a bison and pushed off a trail. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "The crowd got too close to a bison in Yellowstone Park. It gored a California woman.," 7 June 2018 The boat handled by Bruno rammed into the boat Travis was a passenger in near the mouth of Weoka Creek, knocking the teen off the vessel and into the water, according to the complaint. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Family of teen killed in July 4 Lake Jordan boating crash files wrongful death lawsuit," 19 July 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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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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