• The giant, carrying his wife's remains, confronts Ram Singh
    The giant, carrying his wife's remains, confronts Ram Singh
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ram force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically "She rammed her mind into focus","He drives me mad"
    • v ram crowd or pack to capacity "the theater was jampacked"
    • v ram undergo damage or destruction on impact "the plane crashed into the ocean","The car crashed into the lamp post"
    • v ram strike or drive against with a heavy impact "ram the gate with a sledgehammer","pound on the door"
    • n ram uncastrated adult male sheep "a British term is `tup'"
    • n ram a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
    • n RAM the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
    • n Ram the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
    • n Ram (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Battering Ram The Battering Ram
Battering-ram Battering-ram

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first NFL team that plays its home games in a domed stadium to win a Superbowl was the St. Louis Rams in 1999.
    • Ram A heavy steel or iron beak attached to the prow of a steam war vessel for piercing or cutting down the vessel of an enemy; also, a vessel carrying such a beak.
    • Ram A hydraulic ram. See under Hydraulic.
    • Ram An engine of war used for butting or battering.
    • Ram (Astron) Aries, the sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of March.
    • Ram In ancient warfare, a long beam suspended by slings in a framework, and used for battering the walls of cities; a battering-ram.
    • Ram (Astron) The constellation Aries, which does not now, as formerly, occupy the sign of the same name.
    • Ram The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a tup.
    • Ram The plunger of a hydraulic press.
    • Ram The weight which strikes the blow, in a pile driver, steam hammer, stamp mill, or the like.
    • Ram To butt or strike against; to drive a ram against or through; to thrust or drive with violence; to force in; to drive together; to cram; as, to ram an enemy's vessel; to ram piles, cartridges, etc. "They rammed me in with foul shirts, and smocks, socks, foul stockings, greasy napkins."
    • Ram To fill or compact by pounding or driving. "A ditch . . . was filled with some sound materials, and rammed to make the foundation solid."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first professional football team to sport an insignia on their helmets was the Los Angeles Rams in 1950, who hand painted yellow horns on their blue leather helmets.
    • n ram The male of the sheep, Ovis aries, and other ovine quadrupeds; a tup. See cuts under Ovis and quadricornous.
    • n ram An instrument for battering, crushing, butting, or driving by impact. Specifically— Same as battering-ram.
    • n ram A solid pointed projection or beak jutting from the bow of a war-vessel, used both in ancient and in recent times for crushing in an enemy's vessel by being driven against it. See def. 2, and cut under embolon.
    • n ram The heavy weight of a pile-driving machine, which falls upon the head of the pile: same as monkey, 3.
    • n ram The piston in the large cylinder of a hydraulic press.
    • n ram A hooped spar used in ship-building for moving timbers by a jolting blow on the end.
    • n ram In metal-working, a steam-hammer used in forming a bloom.
    • n ram A steam ship of war armed at the prow below the water-line with a heavy metallic beak or spur, intended to destroy an enemy's ship by the force of collision. The beak is often so far independent of the vital structure of the ship that, in the event of a serious collision, it may be carried away without essential injury to the ship to which it belongs. See also cuts under beak.
    • ram To strike with a ram; drive a ram or similar object against; batter: as, the two vessels tried to ram each other.
    • ram To force in; drive down or together: as, to ram down a cartridge; to ram a charge; to ram piles into the earth.
    • ram To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
    • ram To stuff as if with a ram; cram.
    • ram To beat or pound anything, in any of the transitive senses of ram.
    • ram Strong; as a prefix, very: used as a prefix in ramshackle, rambustious, etc.
    • ram Strong-scented; stinking: as, ram as a fox.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins can kills sharks by ramming them with their snout.
    • n Ram ram a male sheep, a tup:
    • v.t Ram to thrust with violence, as a ram with its head: to force together: to drive hard down:—pr.p. ram′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. rammed
    • adj Ram ram strong-scented: (used as a prefix) very
    • n Ram ram (astron.) Aries (q.v.), one of the signs of the zodiac: an engine of war for battering, with a head like that of a ram: a hydraulic engine, called water-ram: a ship-of-war armed with a heavy iron beak for running down a hostile vessel
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  • Howard Aiken
    Howard Aiken
    “Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ramm, ram,; akin to OHG. & D. ram, Prov. G. ramm, and perh. to Icel. ramr, strong
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ram, rom; Ger. ramm.


In literature:

The old black-faced ram trotted across the road and through a gap in a fence on the river side.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
After the fire, Rooney removed with his family to the house of a Chinese labourer named Chok-foo, whose brother, Ram-stam, dwelt with him.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
We here see the effect produced by rams, much in the way it is proposed to employ them in modern warfare.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Chickango and I had got some way up the hill, but Stanley, who stood his ground, was engaged in ramming home a bullet.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
And the ship came down, until it might have seemed that Seldom's intention was to ram her.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
It's as solid as a rock, and the bolts are steel, but nothing could withstand that ramming for long.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
I wasn't fast enough to avoid the hard thing that rammed against my spine.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
Stir 'roun' yer, folks, en git Mr. Ram a cup er hot coffee.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
The gods sent them a ram with a golden fleece, which flew away with them.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
She endeavored to ram us, to run us down.
"The Monitor and the Merrimac" by J. L. Worden et al.

In poetry:

My offerings here are given,
A ram, a bull.
Accept them, mighty Heaven,
"Appropriate To A Sacrifice To King Wan" by Confucius
If God had suddenly sent me
psalm-singing angels who promised
rams by the ton and twenty
Toppas, I swear, declaring:
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Though I was born in April's prime,
With many another lamb,
Yet, thinking now of all my years,
What am I but a tough old ram?
"April's Lambs" by William H Davies
"No woman thinks of years," said she,
"Or any tough old rams,
When she can hear a voice that bleats
As tenderly as any lamb's."
"April's Lambs" by William H Davies
His are the quiet steeps of dreamland,
The waters of no-more-pain,
His ram's bell rings 'neath an arch of stars,
"Rest, rest, and rest again."
"Nod" by Walter de la Mare
Soldiers, march! we shall not fight again
The Yankees with our guns well-aimed and rammed-
All are born Yankees of the race of men
And this, too, now the country of the damned:
"To The Lacedemonians" by Allen Tate

In news:

Faulk was named Offensive Player of the Year and helped lead the St Louis Rams to a Super Bowl championship in 1999.
The Rams took advantage of three Franklin fumbles and making the most of an impressive defense that forced four turnovers-on-downs.
Road testing the 2013 Ram 1500.
Ram Trucks made several versions of its 2013 Ram 1500 pickup available for test drives in early August 2012.
Breaking Into an Apple Store By Ramming It With a BMW.
Scott Glassman led the Rams with a time of 19:53.
Glittering stats can't prevent Rams' quarterfinal fall.
Greco trade and overhauling Rams' front.
Some around here thought John Greco was more than ready to assume a starting role on the St Louis Rams' offensive line.
Another Hakim at Rams Park.
Robert Nkemdiche and the Grayson Rams hope to beat Lowndes tonight and continue their run for a state title.
If you are concerned about a suicide-type bomber or someone that would try to ram your building, then you would want to harden those perimeter barriers to an anti-ram capability.
2009 Dodge Ram Head Hunter Door Skulls.
The Washington Redskins feasted on a buffet of humiliation as they get thoroughly outplayed in every facet of the game by the St Louis Rams.
Once-struggling Rams humiliate the currently struggling Redskins.

In science:

The above calculations of a “phase diagram” of RAM are based on two-loop expansions improved by a resummation technique.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model
Bran(τ ) = τ (Ram(C )) ⊂ C ′ the branch locus of τ .
Unramified correspondences
Ram, Murnaghan–Nakayama rules for characters of Iwahori–Hecke algebras of the complex reflection groups G(r, p, n), Canad. J.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
The corresponding α-values are shown, as well as the wind speed necessary for ram pressure balance at the stellar surface (dashed curves).
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Spindler, Vector bund les on projective spaces, Birkh¨auser, 1980. [Ram] L.
Normal bundles of rational curves in projective spaces