from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rod used to force the charge into a muzzleloading firearm.
- n. A rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm.
- n. A harshly demanding overseer; a disciplinarian.
- transitive v. To exert strict control over; supervise closely.
- transitive v. To force passage or acceptance of: a group that ramrodded the bill through Congress.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Device used with early firearms to push the projectile up against the propellant.
- n. Ranch or trail foreman, usually the first or second person in charge. The person responsible for getting the work done.
- n. A World War II code name for short range fighter and bomber attacks to destroy ground targets, similar to circus attacks.
- n. The penis.
- v. To force.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rod used in ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rod for ramming down the charge of a gun, pistol, or other firearm, especially for small hand-fire-arms. (Compare rammer.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
- n. a harshly demanding overseer
- n. a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
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A steel ramrod from a musket is a wild whipping thing, and Phil is right -- it kicks like a bronco.
I've read that "back in the day" when muzzleloaders were used in battle, shooting the ramrod was the last resort when out of ammo.
From this the parts descend gradually to a little wire called the ramrod-spring-wire, the value of which is only one mill.
Without the ramrod, which is now missing, it weighs only 5 lbs.
A fellow who "skinned his flint" was looked upon as being a parsimonious, penny-pinching, stingy cheapskate — a veritable skinflint. ramrod A ramrod is a rod of wood or metal for ramming the ball and patch down the barrel of a muzzleloading firearm and setting them against the main powder charge.
This miraculously changed the word "ramrod" in paragraph seventeen of chapter twenty-three, into the word "benediction" trust me on this and utterly transformed the story from dogshit into a song of the divine.
I wrung his hand with indescribable relief, and he sent the "ramrod" on guard, to saddle my horse.
On an escort ( "ramrod") of bombers to Emden, Germany, by P-47's of the 8th Air Force.
Living Warbirds - World War II Training Film - Documentary www. livingwarbirds.com On an escort ( "ramrod") of bombers to Emden, Germany, by P-47's of the
Documentary www. livingwarbirds.com On an escort ( "ramrod") of bombers to Emden, Germany, by P-47's of the 8th Air Force.