from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ancient military engine consisting of a large beam shod with metal, sometimes with a head somewhat resembling the head of a ram (whence the name), used to batter or beat down the defenses of besieged places.
  • noun A heavy blacksmiths' hammer, suspended, and worked horizontally.
  • noun A child's game in which all the players except two form a circle, one of the latter being inside and the other outside. The one inside the circle endeavors to break through, the player outside assisting him. Should he succeed, that player in the circle who is responsible for his escape takes his place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) An engine used in ancient times to beat down the walls of besieged places.
  • noun A blacksmith's hammer, suspended, and worked horizontally.

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

  • noun a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings


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