\ 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 Up 101-99 with 5:30 left, the Pacers allowed Kennard to drain the go-ahead 3 on a ram screen. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Myles Turner on Pacers defense: ‘We got outworked’," 24 Oct. 2019 Former president Barack Obama is smashed face-first like a battering ram into what appears to be part of a wooden pulpit. Washington Post, "If Trump doesn’t condone violence against journalists, he should stop inspiring it," 14 Oct. 2019 Fricke fired four shots from an assault-style weapon just as Officer Matthew Rittner had busted a hole in Fricke's door with a battering ram the morning of Feb. 6. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Path to Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner's death started with a 'shots fired' call six weeks earlier," 11 July 2019 The Ravens will again rely on their twin battering rams, defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce, to occupy opposing blockers. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Scouting report for Sunday’s Ravens-Dolphins game," 5 Sep. 2019 The fierce ram is not, however, terribly prone to openly weeping onto a musical instrument… which is where CANCER comes in. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Taylor Swift album you should listen to, based on your zodiac sign," 22 Aug. 2019 The body camera footage shows officers knocking on the door and announcing themselves three times before breaching the home with a ram. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Lawyers say an unarmed man who didn't speak English was killed by police. Now his family has filed a claim for damages," 29 Aug. 2019 When Ruvido didn’t appear in court on Monday, more than a dozen officers armed with a battering ram, rifles and shields broke down Ruvido’s door in suburban Carmel Valley, according to the station. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "San Diego police sergeant accused of sex crime found dead after failing to show for court," 6 Aug. 2019 Barker had been tipped off by someone who saw the photograph online of one of the hunters with a ram; the caption described the kill site as in northern British Columbia. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once, her head was rammed against the side of a truck by police. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "‘We don’t just study’: Inside Asia’s bloody history of student-led protests," 22 Oct. 2019 In May, another woman was rammed and injured by a bison. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Bear attacks, injures 10-year-old boy at Yellowstone National Park," 24 Aug. 2018 Certainly the queen’s father, King George VI, did not refuse Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s request to suspend Parliament in October 1948, in an effort to ram legal reforms through an obstructionist House of Lords. Laura Beers, The Conversation, "Why the queen said yes to Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament," 29 Aug. 2019 Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe was less fortunate in a separate incident to Carroll's less than a week later, as attackers rammed his car in south-east London before having his watch stolen by knife-wielding attackers. SI.com, "Arsenal to Review Player Security Protocol After Mesut Özil and Sead Kolašinac Knife Ordeal," 27 July 2019 Police allege DeCarlo rammed a cop car with his vehicle, prompting police to shoot him multiple times. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Judge issues warrant after man shot by Vallejo officers fails to appear in court, but records show he’s in jail," 22 July 2019 Nalayeh was killed in the assault on the Asasey hotel that began Friday night with a suicide bomber ramming a car packed with explosives and continued with a long gun battle, leaving 27 people dead and 56 others injured. NBC News, "Hodan Nalayeh, Canadian-Somali journalist killed in terror attack, mourned as a 'big loss'," 14 July 2019 New Orleans Police are seeking a 46-year-old woman accused of stabbing a man in Carrollton Thursday night (May 17), ramming her car into his truck and slashing the truck's tires. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Police seek woman accused of stabbing man, slashing his truck's tires," 18 May 2018 Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. Anchorage Daily News, "Texas shooter got gun at private sale after being denied in 2014 background check," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for ram

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

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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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