[ram] /ræm/
a male sheep.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Aries.
any of various devices for battering, crushing, driving, or forcing something, especially a battering ram.
(formerly) a heavy beak or spur projecting from the bow of a warship for penetrating the hull of an enemy's ship.
(formerly) a warship so equipped, especially one used primarily for ramming enemy vessels.
the heavy weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver or the like.
a piston, as on a hydraulic press.
a reciprocating part of certain machine tools, as the toolholder of a slotter or shaper.
verb (used with object), rammed, ramming.
to drive or force by heavy blows.
to strike with great force; dash violently against:
"The car went out of control and rammed the truck."
to cram; stuff:
"They rammed the gag in his mouth."
to push firmly:
"to ram a bill through the Senate."
to force (a charge) into a firearm, as with a ramrod.
before 900; Middle English: male sheep, machine for ramming, Old English ram(m); cognate with Dutch, Low German ram, German Ramme; (v.) Middle English rammen, derivative of the noun; compare Old High German rammen
Related forms
ramlike, adjective
unrammed, adjective
10. jam, thrust, beat, hammer.


[ram] /ræm/
a confidence man's associate who acts as a decoy; confederate; shill.
1940–45; origin obscure; British criminal argot ramp swindle (earlier, as v.: snatch, tear) is a phonetically implausible source


[ram] /ræm/
random-access memory; computer memory available to the user for creating, loading, or running programs and for the temporary storage and manipulation of data, in which time of access to each item is independent of the storage sequence. As a storage medium, RAM is volatile, so its contents are lost when the power fails or is turned off.
Compare ROM.
r(andom)-a(ccess) m(emory)


Royal Academy of Music.
Example Sentences for ram
Anyhow, whatever he said and whoever he was and whatever he's doing now, he's better off than ram.
It's a trick all right, especially if there's no guiding hand to twirl and ram the skull.
Clearly, a danger lurks in the use of investigations as a political battering ram.
There was no redundancy to include a ram type as well.
He had the face of a ram and horns that had partially broken off over the centuries.
British Dictionary definitions for ram
ram (ræm)
1.  an uncastrated adult sheep
2.  a piston or moving plate, esp one driven hydraulically or pneumatically
3.  the falling weight of a pile driver or similar device
4.  short for battering ram
5.  rostrum, Also called: beak a pointed projection in the stem of an ancient warship for puncturing the hull of enemy ships
6.  a warship equipped with a ram
7.  slang a sexually active man
vb (usually foll by into) , rams, ramming, rammed
8.  to force or drive, as by heavy blows: to ram a post into the ground
9.  (of a moving object) to crash with force (against another object) or (of two moving objects) to collide in this way: the ships rammed the enemy
10.  (tr; often foll by in or down) to stuff or cram (something into a hole, etc)
11.  (tr; foll by onto, against etc) to thrust violently: he rammed the books onto the desk
12.  (tr) to present (an idea, argument, etc) forcefully or aggressively (esp in the phrase ram (something) down someone's throat)
13.  (tr) to drive (a charge) into a firearm
[Old English ramm; related to Old High German ram ram, Old Norse ramr fierce, rimma to fight]

Ram (ræm)
the Ram the constellation Aries, the first sign of the zodiac

RAM1 (ræm)
n acronym for
random access memory: semiconductor memory in which all storage locations can be rapidly accessed in the same amount of time. It forms the main memory of a computer, used by applications to perform tasks while the device is operating

abbreviation for
Royal Academy of Music

abbreviation for
relative atomic mass

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Word Origin and History for ram
O.E. ramm "male sheep," also "battering ram," earlier rom "male sheep," a W.Gmc. word (cf. M.L.G., M.Du., Du., O.H.G. ram), of unknown origin. Perhaps connected with O.N. rammr "strong," O.C.S. ramenu "impetuous, violent." The verb meaning "to beat with a heavy implement" is first recorded early 14c. Rammy is attested from c.1600.
abbreviation for "random access memory" (computerese) first recorded 1957 (see random).
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ram in Science
Short for random access memory. The main memory of a computer, in which data can be stored or retrieved from all locations at the same (usually very high) speed. See also dynamic RAM, static RAM.

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ram in Culture

RAM definition

Acronym for random access memory, which is a type of memory in which a reader can go to a specific item without having to start at the beginning. Random access memories can often be altered once an item is found. (See computer memory and magnetic memory storage; compare ROM.)

Note: hard drives on a computer are an example of RAM.
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Related Abbreviations for ram


  1. radar absorbing material
  2. random-access memory
  3. rarely adequate memory
  4. Royal Academy of Music
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ram in the Bible

exalted. (1.) The son of Hezron, and one of the ancestors of the royal line (Ruth 4:19). The margin of 1 Chr. 2:9, also Matt. 1:3, 4 and Luke 3:33, have "Aram." (2.) One of the sons of Jerahmeel (1 Chr. 2:25, 27). (3.) A person mentioned in Job 32:2 as founder of a clan to which Elihu belonged. The same as Aram of Gen. 22:21.

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