Main definitions of ram in English

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  • 1An uncastrated male sheep.

    ‘Mr Watkinson, from Constable Burton, near Leyburn, won best male with his aged ram.’
    • ‘So a bellwether is the head ram with a bell hung around its neck.’
    • ‘Young rams fertilize ewes using coursing tactics, whose success is independent of their dominance rank.’
    • ‘Generally, slaughter of goats, sheep, rams, cows, and camels is offered.’
    • ‘Their flock now boasts 35 ewes and 2 rams and, as of March, the sheep have been deemed scrapie free by inspectors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The program also encourages producers to select for resistance and to use scrapie-resistant rams in flocks that have risk factors for scrapie.’
    • ‘Blackburn has 1,200 semen samples now from 27 different rams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the late 1860s and 1870s half-bred sheep were produced with English and Border Leicester and Lincoln rams and Merino ewes.’
    • ‘The flock consisted of 20 rams, 44 ewes, and 43 lambs, of which 21 were female and the remaining were castrated males.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A shearling ram shown by Tom Davies, of Pinvin, was champion male and reserve supreme.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By this time 16,400 sheep had died as well as 2,700 cattle, 135 rams, 39 bullocks and 18 horses.’
    • ‘Following the severe winter of 1995, for example, the Mt. Langley herd was left with 4 ewes and 11 rams.’
    • ‘A sheep farmer needed help castrating some of his inferior rams to keep them from breeding with the females.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They all go home after killing a ram and renaming the mountain.’
    1. 1.1the RamThe zodiacal sign or constellation Aries.
  • 2

    short for battering ram

    ‘Also, castle guards often poured hot oil or other things onto the ram and its engineers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tense minutes passed as the sound of rams battering against the main gate began to ring throughout the valley.’
    • ‘Below, the reinforced gates were suffering a battering from a siege ram.’
    • ‘The heavy cutting gear, airbags and rams are among the vital, life-saving equipment that Haverfordwest fire station stands to lose.’
    1. 2.1 historical 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.’
      • ‘The Virginia carried ten major guns (four in each broadside, one bow and one stern gun) and an iron ram.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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. 4.1The piston of a hydraulic press.
      ‘Grasp the press body with your left hand, then lower the ram by pulling the lever with your right.’
      • ‘The press consists of the die, a pressure cylinder, the ram, and a container which receives the preheated ingot, or billet, to be extruded.’
      • ‘This idea was developed in 1820 by Thomas Burr, who produced a hydraulic press with a mandrel attached to the ram.’
    2. 4.2The plunger of a force pump.



/ram/ /ræm/

verbverb rams, verb ramming, verb rammed

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Roughly force (something) into place.

    • ‘he rammed his stick into the ground’
    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. 1.1with object (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’
    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial Crash violently against something.
      • ‘the stolen car rammed into the front of the house’
      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. 1.3with object Beat (earth) with a heavy implement to make it hard and firm.
      • ‘in former times, earth was rammed manually’
  • 2be rammedBritish informal Be very crowded.

    • ‘the bar was rammed with United supporters’



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Phrasal Verbs

    ram through
    • ram something through, ram through somethingForce something through an approval process.

      ‘the bill was rammed through Congress with unusual haste’
      • ‘Scare the public and we can ram through anything we want.’
      • ‘Many fear a rubberstamp assembly packed with regime stooges will ram through a constitution that entrenches the army's grip on power.’
      • ‘Let's put aside for the moment the Administration's exploitation of the conflict to ram through unwise domestic laws unrelated to war.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Between 1976 and 1978 public spending fell by nearly 10 percent, far more than any later Tory government managed to ram through.’


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.



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