Meaning of RAM in English

I. ˈram, ˈraa(ə)m noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ramm; akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, & Old High German ram, and probably to Old Norse rammr, ramr strong, bitter, sharp, Old Irish remor thick, fat, Old Slavic raměnŭ violent


a. : a male sheep

b. southern Africa

(1) : a male goat

(2) : the male of any of numerous small antelopes : buck



(1) : battering ram

(2) : something resembling or used as a battering ram


(1) : a warship fitted with a heavy steel or iron beak at the prow for piercing or cutting an enemy's ship

(2) : the prow of a ship fitted with such a beak

3. : any of various guided pieces for exerting considerable pressure or for driving or forcing something by impact: as

a. : the plunger of a hydrostatic press, hydraulic elevator, or force pump

b. : the reciprocating arm or piece carrying the tool head in a shaping or a slotting machine

c. : the weight which strikes the blow especially in a pile driver or steam hammer

4. : hydraulic ram

5. : ram effect

II. verb

( rammed ; rammed ; ramming ; rams )

Etymology: Middle English rammen, probably from ram, n.

intransitive verb

1. : to pound earth in order to make it hard and solid

2. : to strike with violence : crash

three perished when their auto rammed into a tree — Pasadena (Calif.) Independent

3. : to move with extreme rapidity and force

a passenger train ramming past in the final heat of its run from Chicago — H.L.Davis

4. : to produce a ram effect upon air

transitive verb


a. : to force down usually by driving, pressing, or pushing

ram fence posts into the ground

rammed his hat over his ears

ram the mix little by little into the mold with a mallet — F.H.Norton

b. : to make compact (as earth) especially by pounding or stamping

rammed earth construction is not new — New Republic

2. : to stop up : block to prevent passage

rammed the mouse hole with a tin can


a. : to press or push in the contents of : fill firmly

rammed his pipe with his finger


(1) : to force ammunition into (a gun)

(2) : to force (as ammunition) into a gun

c. : to force recognition of (as a point of view) — usually used with home

he despaired of his ability to ram home the reality of the beauty of the Church — Bruce Marshall

rams home the pure and shrieking insanity of war — Clifton Fadiman

4. : to thrust into : press closely and tightly together

rammed the clothes into a packing case

his hands were rammed hard in his pants' pockets — E.V.Roberts

great slices of meat onto his fork and ramming them into his mouth — Bruce Marshall

5. : to fill up : cram

the closet was rammed with the children's toys

6. : to butt or strike against violently : drive against or through : crash into

side-swiped one parked machine then rammed the rear of another — Springfield (Massachusetts) Daily News

7. : to drive forcefully and with extreme rapidity

was ramming his airplane across the United States at eight miles a minute — Horace Sutton

Synonyms: see pack

- ram down one's throat

III. ˈram adjective

Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect ram strong-smelling, strong or unpleasant to the taste, Danish dialect, strong, biting, Old Norse rammr, ramr strong, bitter, sharp — more at ram I

dialect England : rancid

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