Main definitions of ram in English

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  • 1An uncastrated male sheep.

    • ‘By this time 16,400 sheep had died as well as 2,700 cattle, 135 rams, 39 bullocks and 18 horses.’
    • ‘A shearling ram shown by Tom Davies, of Pinvin, was champion male and reserve supreme.’
    • ‘The program also encourages producers to select for resistance and to use scrapie-resistant rams in flocks that have risk factors for scrapie.’
    • ‘The flock consisted of 20 rams, 44 ewes, and 43 lambs, of which 21 were female and the remaining were castrated males.’
    • ‘A sheep farmer needed help castrating some of his inferior rams to keep them from breeding with the females.’
    • ‘So a bellwether is the head ram with a bell hung around its neck.’
    • ‘Mr Watkinson, from Constable Burton, near Leyburn, won best male with his aged ram.’
    • ‘Since 15 to 25 percent of male sheep in U.S. flocks don't mate, ranchers want to find a way to identify good breeding rams.’
    • ‘Farmer Luke Hayden, Crowsgrove, Kildavin, lost 40% of his flock when the River Derry burst its banks, drowning 80 of his hogget ewes and two rams.’
    • ‘Following the severe winter of 1995, for example, the Mt. Langley herd was left with 4 ewes and 11 rams.’
    • ‘Blackburn has 1,200 semen samples now from 27 different rams.’
    • ‘Their flock now boasts 35 ewes and 2 rams and, as of March, the sheep have been deemed scrapie free by inspectors.’
    • ‘A Merino ram from the Merryville Stud at Boorowa, in New South Wales, has attracted the top price at this year's Australian Sheep and Wool Show sale.’
    • ‘In the late 1860s and 1870s half-bred sheep were produced with English and Border Leicester and Lincoln rams and Merino ewes.’
    • ‘The western region of the Irish Texel Sheep Society will hold their annual sale of Texel rams and ewes in Ballinrobe Mart on Friday 6th September.’
    • ‘Generally, slaughter of goats, sheep, rams, cows, and camels is offered.’
    • ‘Young rams fertilize ewes using coursing tactics, whose success is independent of their dominance rank.’
    • ‘The Tom Crean Memorial Project would like to acknowledge with gratitude the Dingle sheep farmer who donated the ram for auction at Camp Fair in aid of their project.’
    • ‘Although large flocks with herders and dogs frightened them off, there were always strays to investigate; and domestic ewes in estrus were irresistible to bighorn rams.’
    • ‘They all go home after killing a ram and renaming the mountain.’
    1. 1.1the Ram The zodiacal sign or constellation Aries.
  • 2

    short for battering ram
    • ‘Süleyman the Magnificent in the sixteenth century extended his reach from the Sudan and the northern shore of Africa to Baghdad and far into Europe, where - twice - Turkish rams would batter at the gates of Vienna.’
    • ‘Below, the reinforced gates were suffering a battering from a siege ram.’
    • ‘Also, castle guards often poured hot oil or other things onto the ram and its engineers.’
    • ‘The heavy cutting gear, airbags and rams are among the vital, life-saving equipment that Haverfordwest fire station stands to lose.’
    • ‘Tense minutes passed as the sound of rams battering against the main gate began to ring throughout the valley.’
    1. 2.1historical A beak or other projecting part of the bow of a warship, for piercing the hulls of other ships.
      • ‘Its bronze ram could smash enemy ships and armed soldiers could leap aboard a foe's vessel in hand-to-hand combat with spears and swords.’
      • ‘The galley's major weapon was originally a ram on the water-line, used to hole enemy ships or to smash their oars.’
      • ‘They were armed with a ram, relied on oars for propulsion and their deep v-shaped lower hulls had a significant advantage in speed and manoeuvrability.’
      • ‘The Virginia carried ten major guns (four in each broadside, one bow and one stern gun) and an iron ram.’
      • ‘Whereas the Turks still favoured ramming, the Christian galleys had large guns pointing forward above the ram, and were well protected against the Turkish arrows.’
  • 3The falling weight of a pile-driving machine.

    • ‘He says one man with a hoe ram on a Bobcat can break the same amount of concrete that two or three men could do with a jackhammer.’
    • ‘The high-speed tine rams push into the turf and then pull out quickly, leaving little or no scuffing at the top of the hole.’
  • 4A hydraulic water-raising or lifting machine.

    • ‘Burnside Autocyl Ltd, Tullow is a European leader in the manufacture of hydraulic cylinders and rams.’
    1. 4.1 The piston of a hydraulic press.
      • ‘This idea was developed in 1820 by Thomas Burr, who produced a hydraulic press with a mandrel attached to the ram.’
      • ‘The press consists of the die, a pressure cylinder, the ram, and a container which receives the preheated ingot, or billet, to be extruded.’
      • ‘Grasp the press body with your left hand, then lower the ram by pulling the lever with your right.’
    2. 4.2 The plunger of a force pump.


  • 1Roughly force (something) into place.

    ‘he rammed his stick into the ground’
    • ‘I rammed my elbow into their side, forcing them to let go of me.’
    • ‘I've always been apprehensive about dentists ramming their fingers into my mouth - it takes a fair bit of effort to restrain myself from biting them.’
    • ‘His traps and poisons proved strangely ineffective for a while, but he eventually saw it off by ramming a huge bag of poison down its hole and covering with a big stone.’
    • ‘I rammed my stick into his side, pushing him backwards.’
    • ‘And when Tamsin takes her to the site of her father's infidelity, Mona is so moved by her companion's pain and disgust, she rams a garden gnome through the window of the cheater's posh Jaguar.’
    • ‘Swerving around, he then rammed them into the wall with all the force he could bear.’
    • ‘The sole is hardy so good for digging, although you have to be careful about ramming the middle of the foot onto a spade - this leads to some pain.’
    • ‘The raven shot down through the dark and rammed his beak into the sergeant's hat.’
    • ‘The United players were livid, but McGuire was alive and decisive, ramming the ball low into the left corner of Gallacher's goal.’
    • ‘She pulled her sword close, and rammed the blade's tip into the ground with great force.’
    force, thrust, plunge, stab, push, sink, dig, stick, cram, jam, stuff, pack, compress, squeeze, wedge, press, tamp, pound, drive, hammer, bang
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    1. 1.1 (of a vehicle or vessel) be driven violently into (something, typically another vehicle or vessel) in an attempt to stop or damage it.
      ‘their boat was rammed by a Japanese warship’
      • ‘At least two cars rammed Mr Ahmed's Rover before he leapt out and fled, only to be caught on the roundabout, the court heard.’
      • ‘He said since the trial someone had tried to ram his car and force him off the road.’
      • ‘He said the three-man gang attempted to flee and rammed one of the Garda cars, before they were arrested.’
      • ‘Incidents whereby civilians try to ram convoy vehicles are on the rise.’
      • ‘Take the case of a recent accident in which a tipper lorry rammed a car from behind, pushing it under a bus which was parked at a bus stop.’
      • ‘A crack addict carrying a burglar and stolen goods in his car rammed a police vehicle during a desperate car chase.’
      • ‘Six crew members aboard were arrested on the spot and their ship later sank into the sea because of damage sustained when the boat intentionally rammed the coast guard ship in an attempt to flee.’
      • ‘The hotel had been ringed with barriers as a precaution against this kind of attack, and the bomber rammed one of the barriers.’
      • ‘At 8.50 pm an attempt was made to stop him but he numerous attempts to ram the Garda car, causing £800 worth of damage to the Garda car.’
      • ‘A witness in the case of seven men accused of conspiracy to murder told police how the car he was travelling in with the victim was rammed by another vehicle.’
      • ‘Brown's car rammed a Nissan Wingroad station wagon driven by Lizelle Santana, of 44 Isaac Street, Couva.’
      • ‘In the course of the dispute, police harassment of the strikers resulted in a police car ramming a worker's vehicle at a Noumea intersection.’
      • ‘In the ensuing sea chase, the trawler collided with another French fishing boat, tried to ram HMS Alderney, and eventually hit the warship while cutting across her bows.’
      • ‘Mr Quinn had two of the raiders under effective arrest in a car, but when he was distracted by two other raiders, the men in the car rammed him.’
      • ‘Carjackers stole a terrified 75-year-old woman's new BMW after ramming it from behind.’
      • ‘The van then rammed the car off the road and sped off.’
      • ‘The man stole two cars, smashed into two vehicles, attempted to ram Garda patrol cars, reversed back into a Garda motorcyclist and attempted to hijack another car before being captured.’
      • ‘The fact that these men hit the security guard and rammed a police motorbike shows they have no thought whatsoever for people's safety, and it is vital that they are caught before someone is seriously injured.’
      • ‘The Washington Post's Jim Hoagland wrote, ‘That's like a moving van ramming a Harley on an open field,’ and he's about right.’
      • ‘The same man tried to attack a third woman after following her along the M6 motorway, before ramming her car and forcing her to stop.’
    2. 1.2no object Crash violently against something.
      ‘the stolen car rammed into the front of the house’
      • ‘When he was sure all was ready, he started backing up, and instantly rammed into two parked cars simultaneously.’
      • ‘Investigations into the cause of the accident are considering the possibility the driver of the train that rammed into the parked locomotive missed a red signal light.’
      • ‘A fearless milkman used his milk cart to ram into a robber's getaway car just minutes after being threatened with a gun.’
      • ‘Gardaí believe it reached speeds of over 120 mph at times along the Stillorgan Dual Carriageway before ramming into the patrol car.’
      • ‘The crows began to ram into the car trying to get inside.’
      • ‘The car was then turned around and driven all the way back to the Ballybeg area of the city where it rammed into the Garda patrol car.’
      • ‘I wanted to ram into other cars to show them they shouldn't drive so rudely.’
      • ‘It had rammed into another car and the front was completely messed up.’
      • ‘Never stop to argue a fine point with another driver who has just rammed into your stationary car at a red light.’
      • ‘He stepped on the breaks but the two cars behind him rammed into the car, pushing them directly behind the truck.’
      • ‘Raiders rammed through the window of the pub in a grey Ford Sierra car, before attaching the cash machine to the vehicle with chains and attempting to drag it away at about 12.30 am today.’
      • ‘The view of my trunk blocked the view of the RV for the moment, but I knew it would ram into my car again if I didn't get over.’
      • ‘Just recently, two people convicted, one of them for murder for drag racing on a public street, rammed into another car, killing people in the car.’
      • ‘In a matter of seconds my father had rammed into the car in front of us.’
      • ‘In 1998, the same Golden Temple Express rammed into three derailed cars of another train, killing more than 200 passengers.’
      • ‘The incident happened shortly after noon yesterday when it is understood a man drove up to the gates of the haulage company and rammed into a number of parked cars outside.’
      • ‘Three people inside the car that rammed into the hotel also died.’
      • ‘Taylor drove off and rammed head-on into a car driven by a pensioner before he managed to get away.’
      • ‘All of a sudden the white car pulled out and rammed into the blue car.’
      • ‘In Italy, a passenger train rammed into the rear of another passenger train today, injuring at least nearly 30 people.’
      hit, strike, crash into, collide with, be in collision with, meet head-on, run into, slam, slam into, smash into, dash against, crack against, crack into, bump, bump into, bang, bang into, knock into, butt
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    3. 1.3often as adjective rammed Beat (earth or the ground) with a heavy implement to make it hard and firm.
      ‘a long curving wall made of rammed earth’
      • ‘The front is clad with split cedar wood shingles, and the rear is a long curving terracotta wall of rammed earth.’
      • ‘The vaulted roof is constructed with exposed light tensile trusses that contrast with the rammed earth internal walls.’
      • ‘The natural materials discussed in this American book are mostly earth-based adobe, cob, rammed earth.’
      • ‘The new structures consist of a steel frame and either compressed earth blocks or rammed earth and a tiled roof.’
      • ‘Avram lives in the next valley over from me in a rammed earth house on a hill above the Kenwood winery.’
    4. 1.4ram through Force (something) to be accepted.
      ‘Sunday's referendum to ram through a new constitution’
      • ‘Many fear a rubberstamp assembly packed with regime stooges will ram through a constitution that entrenches the army's grip on power.’
      • ‘Since then, the massive financial crisis in the German capital has been used to ram through previously unheard-of cutbacks to social programmes and infrastructure.’
      • ‘Backroom dealing short-circuited the process of meaningful compromise as the interim government and its international backers tried to ram through a sloppy, last-minute draft constitution.’
      • ‘He was dealt a humiliating defeat in a special election he called in November last year to try to ram through reforms contained in four measures that were roundly rebuffed by voters.’
      • ‘The Dolester used his Senate position to ram through a special tax-break for the Gallo family, worth more than a hundred million dollars to them.’
      • ‘The select committee process is important, and I put it to this Committee that it is being abused in a very arrogant way by this Government, which is trying to ram through legislation with indecent haste.’
      • ‘Let's put aside for the moment the Administration's exploitation of the conflict to ram through unwise domestic laws unrelated to war.’
      • ‘The station, which got an €18 increase last September, now believes it can ram through a further hike of €45 to bring this annual tax to over €150.’
      • ‘But that is not the Government's objective, so it has given itself draconian ministerial powers to override local decision-making and ram through unpopular projects.’
      • ‘Between 1976 and 1978 public spending fell by nearly 10 percent, far more than any later Tory government managed to ram through.’
      • ‘Ontario's Tory government has seized control of public school boards in the province's three largest urban centers in order to ram through massive spending cuts.’
      • ‘The other major issue to anger voters was the government's decision to ram through highly unpopular legislation to change Japan's national pension scheme.’
      • ‘Lord had called an emergency sitting of the legislature on Friday to ram through a back-to-work order, which could still mean hefty penalties for the union and striking workers.’
      • ‘Transforming the Taskforce into a permanent fixture on the construction landscape is a central plank in a Bill the Federal Government is trying to ram through Parliament.’
      • ‘First, a serious change in the boundaries between safety and liberty was being redrawn, and yet the government tried to ram through its proposals in a single day.’
      • ‘Scare the public and we can ram through anything we want.’
      • ‘They want to invoke the so-called nuclear option and get rid of the 150-year-old tradition in order to ram through more right-wing judges.’
      • ‘It was elected on a promise to govern for all the people and it has taken seven years to attempt to ram through the only piece of legislation that seeks to ban something which has no effect on either public safety or public health.’
      • ‘The strikes have largely been provoked by Royal Mail to ram through far-reaching changes in working practices in the run-up to the privatisation of the remaining postal network.’
      • ‘He tried to ram through some agricultural reforms, including cuts in subsidies, but a coalition of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Ireland stopped him.’


Old English ram(m), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ram.




Main definitions of ram in English

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  • 1Computing
    Random-access memory.

    memory bank, store, cache, disk, ram, rom
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  • 2(in the UK) Royal Academy of Music.