- a male sheep.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Aries.
- any of various devices for battering, crushing, driving, or forcing something, especially a battering ram.
- (formerly) a heavy beak or spur projecting from the bow of a warship for penetrating the hull of an enemy’s ship.
- (formerly) a warship so equipped, especially one used primarily for ramming enemy vessels.
- the heavy weight that strikes the blow in a pile driver or the like.
- a piston, as on a hydraulic press.
- a reciprocating part of certain machine tools, as the toolholder of a slotter or shaper.
- hydraulic ram.
verb (used with object), rammed, ram·ming.
- to drive or force by heavy blows.
- to strike with great force; dash violently against: The car went out of control and rammed the truck.
- to cram; stuff: They rammed the gag in his mouth.
- to push firmly: to ram a bill through the Senate.
- to force (a charge) into a firearm, as with a ramrod.
- the Ram the constellation Aries, the first sign of the zodiac
n acronym for computing
- random access memory: semiconductor memory in which all storage locations can be rapidly accessed in the same amount of time. It forms the main memory of a computer, used by applications to perform tasks while the device is operating
- Royal Academy of Music
- an uncastrated adult sheep
- a piston or moving plate, esp one driven hydraulically or pneumatically
- the falling weight of a pile driver or similar device
- short for battering ram
- Also called: rostrum, beak a pointed projection in the stem of an ancient warship for puncturing the hull of enemy ships
- a warship equipped with a ram
- slang a sexually active man
verb rams, ramming or rammed
- (tr usually foll by into) to force or drive, as by heavy blowsto ram a post into the ground
- (of a moving object) to crash with force (against another object) or (of two moving objects) to collide in this waythe ships rammed the enemy
- (tr ; often foll by in or down) to stuff or cram (something into a hole, etc)
- (tr ; foll by onto, against etc) to thrust violentlyhe rammed the books onto the desk
- (tr) to present (an idea, argument, etc) forcefully or aggressively (esp in the phrase ram (something) down someone’s throat)
- (tr) to drive (a charge) into a firearm
Old English ramm “male sheep,” also “battering ram” and the zodiac sign; earlier rom “male sheep,” a West Germanic word (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German ram), of unknown origin. Perhaps [Klein] connected with Old Norse rammr “strong,” Old Church Slavonic ramenu “impetuous, violent.”
1957, acronym for random access memory (computerese).
“to beat with a heavy implement,” c.1300, from ram (n.). Related: Rammed; ramming.
- Short for random access memory. The main memory of a computer, in which data can be stored or retrieved from all locations at the same (usually very high) speed. See also dynamic RAM static RAM.
Acronym for random access memory, which is a type of memory in which a reader can go to a specific item without having to start at the beginning. Random access memories can often be altered once an item is found. (See computer memory and magnetic memory storage; compare ROM.)