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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 Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, a synagogue in Manhattan that grew out of the L.G.B.T. community, live-streams through the blowing of the shofar, the ram’s horn trumpet, in the evening. Adriana Balsamo, New York Times, "Fill Up on Tea or a New Film by Steve McQueen," 26 Sep. 2020 At a vigil outside the Supreme Court on Friday night, a shofar, or traditional ram's horn used during Jewish holidays, was also sounded in Ginsburg's honor. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Supreme Court drapes black crepe over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat to honor the trailblazing justice," 21 Sep. 2020 Worshipers gathered at the walls of the sanctuaries to listen to the services and the blowing of the ram’s horn, or shofar, a ritual during the Jewish New Year. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Israel Enforces New Covid-19 Lockdown Amid Rosh Hashana Celebrations," 20 Sep. 2020 On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jews read Genesis 22, a story from the Torah that ends with Abraham sacrificing a ram – instead of his son Isaac – on the altar. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "A break with Rosh Hashanah tradition: Shofars are coming outside this Jewish New Year," 18 Sep. 2020 The sounding of the shofar, a ram's horn, is the central observance of the holiday. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Jewish community sees Rosh Hashana, which starts Friday, as new start after difficult year," 18 Sep. 2020 Goldberg said there also will be 14 outdoor gatherings to blow the shofar, the ear-splitting ram’s horn that heralds the new year. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "The latest challenge in Jewish history: COVID-19 Rosh Hashanah," 17 Sep. 2020 Congregation B’nai Tikvah will present High Holiday services and celebrations with traditional blowing of the shofar, the ram’s horn. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary to hold virtual BocceFest Celebration of Giving," 14 Sep. 2020 The Jewish New Year is such a festive occasion that leaders of the faith blow a ram’s horn, or shofar, repeatedly in celebration. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Accepting the ‘empty chair': Jewish leaders offer support to the bereaved as Rosh Hashana celebrations near," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After striking the bakery, the car went on to hit another vehicle and ram a police squad car before crashing into a streetlight and bursting into flames. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Prison for carjacker who veered onto Lake St. sidewalk hit sister, brother," 10 Sep. 2020 Multiple witnesses and video footage indicated that Davis had driven into the front of the building and backed up to ram it again multiple times. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Man who repeatedly rammed Taneytown City Hall with his truck is sentenced to 18 months," 1 Sep. 2020 Video posted on Twitter shows an incident in Syria this week in which a Russian military vehicle appears to ram a U.S. combat vehicle deliberately in a confrontation in a dusty field. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Esper takes Pentagon’s China warning to Beijing's backyard," 27 Aug. 2020 Julick later tried to ram a car into a pursuing police cruiser days later in Covington after he was spotted while on the run. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Jury recommends 25-year for man who shot at NKY police and hid in West Side chimney," 27 Aug. 2020 That a President Harris would ram this disastrous bill through with only 50 Senate votes (plus, presumably, a tie-breaking vote from her own vice president) is more alarming than anything Hillary Clinton ever proposed. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Kamala Harris Is Far Worse Than Hillary Clinton," 14 Aug. 2020 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. Sara Spary And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "What is Eid al-Adha, and how is it being celebrated during the pandemic?," 31 July 2020 The cheapest ram a person can find in Dakar goes for about 80,000 CFA ($137), though more handsome ones can be sold for four times that amount. Babacar Dione And Krista Larson, Star Tribune, "Livestock prices stress Muslims in Africa ahead of Eid," 30 July 2020 The suspect -- later identified as Benjamin Brooks, 38 -- allegedly tried to ram officer's cars and fired a gun at them during the pursuit. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Police shoot suspect during slow-speed pursuit in Delaware County," 28 June 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

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

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ram. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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