Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A male sheep.
  • n. Any of several devices used to drive, batter, or crush by forceful impact, especially:
  • n. A battering ram.
  • n. The weight that drops in a pile driver or steam hammer.
  • n. The plunger or piston of a force pump or hydraulic press.
  • n. A hydraulic ram.
  • n. A projection on the prow of a warship, used to batter or cut into enemy vessels.
  • n. A ship having such a projection.
  • n. See Aries.
  • transitive v. To strike or drive against with a heavy impact; butt: rammed the door with a sledgehammer until it broke open.
  • transitive v. To force or press into place.
  • transitive v. To cram; stuff: rammed the clothes into the suitcase.
  • transitive v. To force passage or acceptance of: rammed the project through the city council despite local opposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male sheep.
  • n. A battering ram; a heavy object used for breaking through doors.
  • n. A warship intended to sink other ships by ramming them.
  • n. A piston powered by hydraulic pressure.
  • v. To intentionally collide with (a ship) with the intention of damaging or sinking it.
  • v. To strike (something) hard, especially with an implement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a tup.
  • n.
  • n. Aries, the sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of March.
  • n. The constellation Aries, which does not now, as formerly, occupy the sign of the same name.
  • n. An engine of war used for butting or battering.
  • n. In ancient warfare, a long beam suspended by slings in a framework, and used for battering the walls of cities; a battering-ram.
  • n. A heavy steel or iron beak attached to the prow of a steam war vessel for piercing or cutting down the vessel of an enemy; also, a vessel carrying such a beak.
  • n. A hydraulic ram. See under Hydraulic.
  • n. The weight which strikes the blow, in a pile driver, steam hammer, stamp mill, or the like.
  • n. The plunger of a hydraulic press.
  • transitive v. To butt or strike against; to drive a ram against or through; to thrust or drive with violence; to force in; to drive together; to cram
  • transitive v. To fill or compact by pounding or driving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike with a ram; drive a ram or similar object against; batter: as, the two vessels tried to ram each other.
  • To force in; drive down or together: as, to ram down a cartridge; to ram a charge; to ram piles into the earth.
  • To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
  • To stuff as if with a ram; cram.
  • To beat or pound anything, in any of the transitive senses of ram.
  • Strong; as a prefix, very: used as a prefix in ramshackle, rambustious, etc.
  • Strong-scented; stinking: as, ram as a fox.
  • n. The male of the sheep, Ovis aries, and other ovine quadrupeds; a tup. See cuts under Ovis and quadricornous.
  • n. An instrument for battering, crushing, butting, or driving by impact.
  • n. A solid pointed projection or beak jutting from the bow of a war-vessel, used both in ancient and in recent times for crushing in an enemy's vessel by being driven against it. See def. 2, and cut under embolon.
  • n. The heavy weight of a pile-driving machine, which falls upon the head of the pile: same as monkey, 3.
  • n. The piston in the large cylinder of a hydraulic press.
  • n. A hooped spar used in ship-building for moving timbers by a jolting blow on the end.
  • n. In metal-working, a steam-hammer used in forming a bloom.
  • n. A steam ship of war armed at the prow below the water-line with a heavy metallic beak or spur, intended to destroy an enemy's ship by the force of collision.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. crowd or pack to capacity
  • n. a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
  • v. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
  • v. undergo damage or destruction on impact
  • v. strike or drive against with a heavy impact
  • n. the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
  • n. the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
  • n. uncastrated adult male sheep

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ramm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English ramm. (Wiktionary)

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  • almost inevitably a policeman, in the Bollywood universe. he's righteous and up-standing, though not a leading man (cf. the actual mythic Ram, who was THE leading man)

    August 3, 2009

  • Mar in reverse.

    November 3, 2007