American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To strike or drive against with a heavy impact; butt: rammed the door with a sledgehammer until it broke open.
- v. To force or press into place.
- v. To cram; stuff: rammed the clothes into the suitcase.
- v. To force passage or acceptance of: rammed the project through the city council despite local opposition.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. Specifically— Same as
- 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. The beak is often so far independent of the vital structure of the ship that, in the event of a serious collision, it may be carried away without essential injury to the ship to which it belongs. See also cuts under
- 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. 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. transitive To intentionally collide with (a ship) with the intention of damaging or sinking it.
- v. transitive To strike (something) hard, especially with an implement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a
- 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.
- 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
- v. To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
- 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
- From Old English ramm. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English ramm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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