Pronunciation: (ram), [key]
n., v., rammed, ram•ming.

1. a male sheep.
2. (cap.) Astron., Astrol.the constellation or sign of Aries.
3. any of various devices for battering, crushing, driving, or forcing something, esp. a battering ram.
4. (formerly) a heavy beak or spur projecting from the bow of a warship for penetrating the hull of an enemy's ship.
5. (formerly) a warship so equipped, esp. one used primarily for ramming enemy vessels.
6. the heavy weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver or the like.
7. a piston, as on a hydraulic press.
8. a reciprocating part of certain machine tools, as the toolholder of a slotter or shaper.
9. See hydraulic ram.

1. to drive or force by heavy blows.
2. to strike with great force; dash violently against: The car went out of control and rammed the truck.
3. to cram; stuff: They rammed the gag in his mouth.
4. to push firmly: to ram a bill through the Senate.
5. to force (a charge) into a firearm, as with a ramrod.


Pronunciation: (ram), [key] Australian.
a confidence man's associate who acts as a decoy; confederate; shill.


Pronunciation: (ram), [key]
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. Cf. ROM.


Royal Academy of Music.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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