- 1An uncastrated male sheep.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2 short for battering ram.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1The falling weight of a pile-driving machine.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 • historical A beak or other projecting part of the bow of a warship, for piercing the hulls of other ships.More example sentences
- 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.
- 3A hydraulic water-raising or lifting machine.More example sentences
- Burnside Autocyl Ltd, Tullow is a European leader in the manufacture of hydraulic cylinders and rams.
- 3.1The piston of a hydraulic press.More example sentences
- 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.
verb (rams, ramming, rammed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Roughly force (something) into place: he rammed his stick into the groundMore example sentences
- The raven shot down through the dark and rammed his beak into the sergeant's hat.
- She pulled her sword close, and rammed the blade's tip into the ground with great force.
- Swerving around, he then rammed them into the wall with all the force he could bear.
- 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 warshipMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 van then rammed the car off the road and sped off.
- 1.2 [no object] Crash violently against something: the stolen car rammed into the front of the houseMore example sentences
- Taylor drove off and rammed head-on into a car driven by a pensioner before he managed to get away.
- Never stop to argue a fine point with another driver who has just rammed into your stationary car at a red light.
- In a matter of seconds my father had rammed into the car in front of us.
- 1.3 (often 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 earthMore example sentences
- Avram lives in the next valley over from me in a rammed earth house on a hill above the Kenwood winery.
- The front is clad with split cedar wood shingles, and the rear is a long curving terracotta wall of rammed earth.
- The new structures consist of a steel frame and either compressed earth blocks or rammed earth and a tiled roof.
- 1.4 (ram through) Force (something) to be accepted: Sunday’s referendum to ram through a new constitutionMore example sentences
- 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.
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- So the Sound Room did what other stores in this situation do - they installed some big concrete blocks to discourage would-be rammers.
- That would mean that instead of instantly exploding like a bomb, liquid fire would spew out of the fuel tank of the rammer.
Old English ram(m), related to Dutch ram.