\ 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
\ 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 ram’s horn squid’s unique shell often washes ashore on beaches, but before now, scientists had never seen a living individual. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Given time, weather, and patience, any ram is killable. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "The Dall Sheep That Almost Killed Me," 9 Sep. 2020 The Tempestborn was bigger than the Tyri galleys, longer by half and twice as fine, with a ram better suited to battle than trade just below the waterline. Ew Staff, EW.com, "First look: Realm Breaker is your next YA fantasy obsession," 1 Dec. 2020 There’s a lot to consider in the world of the ram’s head squid. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "At Last, This Unbelievably Weird Squid Has Been Spotted in the Wild," 2 Nov. 2020 The blowing of a ram’s horn, or shofar, was done outdoors at the gardens to signal the new year. al, "High Holy Days end with Yom Kippur, including service in Birmingham Botanical Gardens," 28 Sep. 2020 And with communal shofar blowing posing unique health risks this year, congregants are being encouraged to make their own using a ram’s horn, a saw and a drill. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "How some British synagogues will adapt this High Holiday season," 25 Aug. 2020 The statue, which is part of a relief sculpture on an office building in Palencia owned by a bank, portrays a woman with a sheep and a ram. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Another botched Spanish art restoration draws laughs and ridicule," 12 Nov. 2020 That shell is part of what makes the ram’s horn squid special. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Strange Squid Filmed in the Wild for the First Time," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In effect, that aggressiveness encouraged the Jazz to abandon their scheme, to short-cut their offensive reads, and to try to ram right through it. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz’s offense struggles again in loss to Phoenix Suns, but they say all the necessary fixes are already in place," 31 Dec. 2020 Body camera footage showed an armed Idd ram two police cruisers before opening fire on police, causing officers to return fire that resulted in the fatal outcome. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Man armed with bow and arrow shot and wounded by New York State Police troopers," 4 Jan. 2021 Without a reliable running back, the Steelers hardly lined up to ram the ball in a cloud of dust to move the chains. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Shocking upset proves Pittsburgh Steelers are far from perfect," 9 Dec. 2020 Since there was no time to arm the jet, her only choice was to ram the airliner; she was effectively sent on a suicide mission. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Robert Mueller does rare interview in 'Oath' podcast," 2 Dec. 2020 Authorities do not believe Hernandez intentionally caused the drone to ram the copter. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "California man charged with crashing drone into LAPD helicopter," 22 Nov. 2020 Russia claims one of its ships chased a U.S. Navy warship out of its territorial waters by threatening to ram it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Says It Kicked a U.S. Navy Destroyer Out of Its Waters. The Navy Disagrees.," 25 Nov. 2020 The election-year decision to resume and ram through so many executions is cynical and inhumane. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Final Cruelty: Executing Prisoners," 25 Nov. 2020 The Kremlin said that the Admiral Vinogradov, a Russian destroyer, issued a verbal warning and threatened to ram the U.S. warship before chasing it away. Fox News, "US Navy destroyer challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for ram

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

23 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for ram

ram

noun
How to pronounce RAM (audio)

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
How to pronounce RAM (audio)

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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