1. The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a tup.
2. Astron. (a) Aries, the sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of March. (b) The constellation Aries, which does not now, as formerly, occupy the sign of the same name.
3. An engine of war used for butting or battering. Specifically: (a) In ancient warfare, a long beam suspended by slings in a framework, and used for battering the walls of cities; a battering-ram. (b) 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.
4. A hydraulic ram. See under Hydraulic.
5. The weight which strikes the blow, in a pile driver, steam hammer, stamp mill, or the like.
6. The plunger of a hydraulic press.
Ram's horn. (a) Fort. A low semicircular work situated in and commanding a ditch. [Written also ramshorn.] --Farrow. (b) Paleon. An ammonite.
Ram, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rammed p. pr. & vb. n. Ramming.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
A ditch . . . was filled with some sound materials, and rammed to make the foundation solid. --Arbuthnot.
n 1: 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 [syn: random-access
memory, random access memory, random memory, read/write
2: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
3: 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 [syn: Aries, Aries the Ram]
4: a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
5: uncastrated adult male sheep; "a British term is `tup'"
v 1: strike or drive against with a heavy impact; "ram the gate
with a sledgehammer"; "pound on the door" [syn: ram
2: force into or from an action or state, either physically or
metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He
drives me mad" [syn: force, drive]
3: undergo damage or destruction on impact; "the plane crashed
into the ocean"; "The car crashed into the lamp post"
4: crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked" [syn:
jam, jampack, chock up, cram, wad]
exalted. (1.) The son of Hezron, and one of the ancestors of the
royal line (Ruth 4:19). The margin of 1 Chr. 2:9, also Matt.
1:3, 4 and Luke 3:33, have "Aram."
(2.) One of the sons of Jerahmeel (1 Chr. 2:25, 27).
(3.) A person mentioned in Job 32:2 as founder of a clan to
which Elihu belonged. The same as Aram of Gen. 22:21.
Ram, elevated; sublime