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

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 Enlarge / Researchers sampling marine animals from the ship's bronze ram. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2022 The 6-foot Heyward started all 12 games so far and has 30 catches for 289 yards and a touchdown, and served as a battering-ram blocker for Walker. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 28 Dec. 2021 The Rams offense works well with Michel's battering-ram style of play. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2021 By the blow of a ram’s horn in a beam of biblical light. James Parker, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 The binoculars immediately confirmed that the second-to-last sheep was a legal ram. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2021 As for the ram, Root said everything went smoothly with his relocation. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 This time of year is the very end of the breeding season which could cause a ram — a male sheep — to act erratically. Anoushka Dalmia, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 Something happened and the ram was gone for 20-25 years. Lori Riley, courant.com, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But because the left and right are so evenly split, with a batch of independents holding the middle, neither side has the power to ram through a candidate on their own. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 DeSantis, widely seen as a contender for the White House in 2024, was immediately cheered on by party activists from around the country who wanted the GOP to ram through a map. Steve Contorno, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 Deputies tried to block the suspect vehicle from leaving, and the driver began to ram other vehicles in an attempt to flee, Money said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 Jan. 2022 Kim Taylor, 73, was volunteering inside the sheep pen at Cultivate Care Farms around 8:30 a.m. when one sheep began to repeatedly ram her, Bolton police told NBC 10 and Boston 25 News. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 6 Dec. 2021 After launching on Tuesday, DART will arrive and ram into the asteroid in the fall of 2022 , enabling the highest quality telescopic observations down here on Earth. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2021 Trying to ram through $5 trillion in spending when the public is most worried about inflation and Covid is an act of willful political malpractice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 Baltimore County recently saw a string of such incidents, including on Oct. 14 at Security Square Mall, with thieves driving into the mall’s entrance and unsuccessfully trying to ram an ATM loose. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 4 Nov. 2021 But top Democrats are not ruling out using the method to ram the legislation through. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 11 Apr. 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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“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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)

: 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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