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

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 As trade negotiations with China resume this week, the Trump administration is racing to strike a deal that will result in long-term reforms—and prove that tariffs are an effective battering ram to open markets around the world. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "As China Trade Talks Resume, Trump Pushes an Ambitious Agenda," 18 Feb. 2019 The crumbling building braced the hydraulic rams that drilled 70 feet below the street to build the foundations for a skyscraper. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Black Panther dropped into theaters on February 16, 2018 with all the force of a battering ram. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther Breakout Winston Duke Is Ready to Reset Hollywood," 4 Dec. 2018 The 5-foot-11, 222-pound battering ram sat out the second half of last weekend’s 25-17 loss to the Chargers with a hip injury, leaving his status for Sunday’s road game against the Rams a relative mystery. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After his family lost their house, Seahawks’ Chris Carson vows to fight homelessness in Seattle," 7 Nov. 2018 Side-window ram-air intakes and rear deck-lid venting maximize engine intake and cooling performance. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 One of the most important ways people celebrate Rosh Hashanah is by blowing a horn made out of a ram's horn, called a shofar. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah," 10 Sep. 2018 Then, at Fort Place and Montgomery Avenue, the officers saw the minivan ram into a house that serves as a bed-and-breakfast, crushing the man the police believe fired shots. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Man Is Killed by Stolen Minivan After Gunfire Near Courthouse," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Why the protests are happening — and what to take from them The immediate spark for the protest was a draconian new labor law rammed through by Orbán’s party on Wednesday. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Hungary’s prime minister stole the country’s democracy. Now Hungarians are rising up.," 17 Dec. 2018 The chaotic melee led to the death of Heather Heyer in a car-ramming attack and of two State Police officers in a helicopter accident, as well as dozens of injuries. James Loeffler, WSJ, "The Struggle for Charlottesville," 10 Aug. 2018 Amid a wave of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks that began nearly three years ago, Israel has stepped up its monitoring of social media and has questioned or jailed users such as Zibar who are deemed to have posted incendiary messages. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Israel says that monitoring social media has cut ‘lone wolf’ attacks. Palestinians are crying foul.," 9 July 2018 Once their torpedoes were expended, Kairyus would have then rammed allied ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In the Last Days of World War II, Japan Fielded a Fleet of Kamikaze Mini-Subs," 11 Feb. 2019 In last year's competition, teams armed their drones with entangling devices and dart guns or reinforced them for ramming. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 The thieves took the machine after ramming a vehicle into the convenience store on 12300 East Freeway multiple times, police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Thieves take ATM after ramming into East Houston convenience store," 14 May 2018 The suspected driver also shot himself dead after ramming the vehicle into a huddle of people sitting in front of the Grosser Kiepenkerl, a landmark restaurant in the historic center of the city, a police spokesman said. Zeke Turner, WSJ, "Two Killed as Van Rams Into Small Crowd in Münster, Germany," 7 Apr. 2018 Several people were injured and one counter protester, Heather Heyer, was killed when a driver rammed his car through a crowd gathered near the Downtown Mall. Fox News, "Charlottesville, DC prepare for anniversary of violent rally," 9 Aug. 2018

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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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