from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rod used to force the charge into a muzzleloading firearm.
  • noun A rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm.
  • noun A harshly demanding overseer; a disciplinarian.
  • transitive verb To exert strict control over; supervise closely.
  • transitive verb To force passage or acceptance of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rod for ramming down the charge of a gun, pistol, or other firearm, especially for small hand-fire-arms. (Compare rammer.)

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

  • noun The rod used in ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Device used with early firearms to push the projectile up against the propellant.
  • noun Ranch or trail foreman, usually the first or second person in charge. The person responsible for getting the work done.
  • noun military A World War II code name for short range fighter and bomber attacks to destroy ground targets, similar to circus attacks.
  • noun slang The penis.
  • verb transitive To force.

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

  • noun a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
  • noun a harshly demanding overseer
  • noun a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm


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