Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for ramming, or driving by impact. The pavers' rammer, used in settling stones or compacting earth, is a heavy mass of iron-bound wood, of tapering form, with handles at the top and on one or both sides. (See
beetle, 1.) Founders' rammers are made in different ways, for various purposes, as forcing the sand into the pattern, solidifying it in the flask, etc. A gunners' rammer is a staff with a cylindrical head, for driving home the charge in a cannon, usually having for field-artillery a swab (called a sponge) at the other end for cleaning out the gun after firing. Ramrods, and some kinds of ram, as that of a ship of war, are also sometimes called rammers. See ram, 2, and ramrod; see also cut in preceding column, and cut under gun-carriage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument for driving anything with force.
- n. A rod for forcing down the charge of a gun; a ramrod.
- n. (Founding) An implement for pounding the sand of a mold to render it compact.
- n. a tool for driving something with force
“Then we gied a great 'rammer' on the panels, an 'ye cam' geyan fast to catch us.”
“I've carried a shovel, crowbar, heavy "rammer," a dozen insulators on an average (strung round my shoulders with raw flax) - to say nothing of soldiering kit, tucker-bag, billy and climbing spurs -- all day on a telegraph line in rough country in New Zealand, and in places where a man had to manage his load with one hand and help himself climb with the other; and I've helped hump and drag telegraph-poles up cliffs and sidings where the horses couldn't go.”
“She was another rammer, but with a style all her own.”
“So far in Alabama's rammer jammer of a season, there's no need to look further than up front to understand why the Crimson Tide have the Southeastern Conference's top rushing offense.”
“You can also get a vibrating plate compactor, a rammer and a hand guide idler.”
“I used an RSM rammer and officer's sword and made the trail spike from a spare piece of wire that I had in my bits box.”
“Stadden AWI figures left to right XA2 "standing with rammer", XA6 "ball", and XA1 "officer" figures, painted by Der Alte Fritz.”
“Review: Nordley's story could easily be enjoyed for its swashbuckling content alone (swordfights on the high seas; a submarine/rammer battle) but there is much more here to enjoy.”
“It's much more effective to rev up the old rammer, hit 'em and hit 'em hard, grab what we can get, full-scale smashmouth politics, call their bluff, demonize them, cut 'em off at the knees, rub their noses in their powerlessness, find their weak points and go for the jugular, take their strong points and demolish them.”
“Very little ramming was essayed after the first tragic downfall of rammer and rammed, and what ever attempts at boarding were made were invisible to”
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