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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