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 An angel of the Lord stopped him so Abraham then took a ram and sacrificed it. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Piel: ‘Did Jesus Have to Die?’ | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 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, "Alabama man part of Georgia neo-Nazi group allegedly plotting to kill activists," 26 Apr. 2021 Look at the options: a ram, a lion, a centaur on the hunt. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, "Fired Up: What Does It Really Mean To Be A Fire Sign?," 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, "Matt Gaetz, his fiancee, drones and national security: Embattled congressman is engaged to sister of pro-Trump tech mogul," 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, "In Beacon Hill, the Golem rises as ‘a protector of all people’ for Passover," 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, "Mountain lion likely killed livestock in Alpine animal-cruelty investigation," 5 Mar. 2021 Yes, one of the stages includes eating ram testicles. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: Girls Just Wanna Have Fessy," 11 Mar. 2021 The first lamb, a ram, arrived on February 24, 2021. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "March comes in like an adorable lamb at Arlyn Vineyard," 6 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "10 GOPers are throwing Biden a lifeline. He should take it," 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, "Five officers hospitalized in Connecticut after vehicle rams into them: Police," 26 Apr. 2021 Manchin has been vocal against Democrats relying on the budgetary procedure known as reconciliation to ram the measure through the Senate with a simple majority. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden's 'infrastructure' package sets tax trap for Democrats with few 'pay-for' alternatives," 14 Apr. 2021 Where the ship is accompanied by torpedo boats or destroyers, these are constantly on the alert to ram and sink a submarine the moment its periscopes are seen. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "War Under the Sea: PM at the Beginning of Submarine Warfare," 8 Apr. 2021 Biden's infrastructure plan, and the hint that Democrats may once again ram the legislation through Congress, has already come under fire from GOP leaders. Michelle Stoddart, ABC News, "Biden's infrastructure plan, with no GOP support, gets boost from Senate 'reconciliation' ruling," 6 Apr. 2021 Would the drivers lose their cool, spout something racist or slam the gas pedal and ram the activists, reenacting Tiananmen Square in their own minds? Fox News, "Eli Steele: Justice for George Floyd from honking horns?," 5 Apr. 2021 This time, the barricade that the suspect tried to ram through stopped the attack, after which the suspect was shot and killed by responding law enforcement. Lissandra Villa, Time, "A Capitol Police Officer Is Killed in Another Deadly Attack at U.S. Capitol," 2 Apr. 2021 Sinema stood up to the New Left, refusing their demands to cancel the filibuster and ram through Pelosi’s election fraud bill. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Most Important Thing Democrats Can Do With Their Power Is Protect the Vote," 24 Mar. 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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Last Updated

10 May 2021

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“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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