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


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


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


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rosh Hashanah begins Monday at sundown, customarily with the blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn, a sound traditionally meant to wake up people from their slumber, or perhaps in this year's case, quarantine. Ryan Prior, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Synagogues will also blow a shofar, a curved ram's horn, during Rosh Hashanah. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Skip straight to your sign: Aries, a fiery and ambitious ram is the first sign of the zodiac. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 26 Apr. 2022 On the 20th March — the same day as the Spring Equinox — the Sun will officially enter into the sign of the ram. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Cody Etherson, 29, the state's first witness, testified on Wednesday he was awakened by the loud boom of the ram used to breach Taylor's door. Aaron Cooper And Ray Sanchez, CNN, 24 Feb. 2022 This one comes with a 256 gig solid state drive, 8 gigs of ram, and an Intel Core i5. Gear Team, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 That’s the area, usually shaped like a ram’s horn, where the hurricane is predicted to possibly hit. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Mar. 2022 The ram led a herd of sheep that kept the grounds trimmed up in a show by Wilson to tighten his belt and free the White House gardeners to join the first World War effort. Leanne Italie, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb British enterprise entrepreneur Richard Branson has used his speaking slots at events over the last decade to ram home one central message. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Police had to ram the apartment’s front door to open it, Contee said. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 Facing the 'Robo-Scout' 1990 – NFL players who use the helmet to butt, spear or ram an opponent can face ejection if the action is deemed flagrant or violent. Chase Goodbread, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Danikovsky said the two then chased Arbery past Bryan's house, who then got in his own pickup truck to join in the pursuit of Arbery, at times trying to ram the truck into him. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 The supermajority has allowed Mr. Orban to ram through changes to the Constitution as part of his illiberal agenda. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Marketing departments like to pepper SUV launches with adjectives that tap into our primordial instincts to haul stuff or ram through forest roads, but the typical Range Rover, Toyota RAV4, or Volvo has long since left its utilitarian roots behind. Matt Jancer, Wired, 29 Mar. 2022 Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also said protesters in a tractor and a heavy-duty truck tried to ram a police vehicle at Coutts on Sunday night and fled. Rob Gillies And Ted Shaffrey, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Feb. 2022 Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also said protesters in a tractor and a heavy-duty truck tried to ram a police vehicle at Coutts on Sunday night and fled. NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ram

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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


Middle English rammen, probably from ram, noun

Noun (2)

random-access memory

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\ 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.



Kids Definition of ram (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a male sheep


\ 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


\ ˈram How to pronounce ram (audio) \

Medical Definition of ram

: a male sheep

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