An adult ram.
- Ram means a male sheep.
An example of ram is a sheep with long curved horns.
- Ram is defined as to drive or force something into something else.
An example of ram is for a car to hit into the car in front of it.
- a male sheep
- battering ram
- Historical a metal projection on the bow of a warship below the waterline, used to pierce enemy vessels
- hydraulic ram
- the weight, or striking part, of a pile driver
- the plunger of a force pump
Origin of ramMiddle English ramme from Old English ramm, akin to Middle Dutch and Old High German ram from Germanic an unverified form ramma, probably from an unverified form rama-, strong, sharp, bitter from source Old Norse rammr
transitive verbrammed, ram′ming
- to strike against with great force; drive into
- to force into place; press or drive down: to ram a charge into a gun
- to force (an idea, legislative bill, etc.) to be accepted: often with across or through
- to stuff or cram (with something)
- to strike with force; crash
- to move rapidly
- random-access memory
- pl. RAMs a random-access memory chip
- A male sheep.
- Any of several devices used to drive, batter, or crush by forceful impact, especially:a. A battering ram.b. The weight that drops in a pile driver or steam hammer.c. The plunger or piston of a force pump or hydraulic press.
- A hydraulic ram.
- a. A projection on the prow of a warship, used to batter or cut into enemy vessels.b. A ship having such a projection.
- Ram See Aries.
transitive verbrammed, ram·ming, rams
- To strike or drive against with a heavy impact; butt: rammed the door with a sledgehammer until it broke open.
- To force or press into place.
- To cram; stuff: rammed the clothes into the suitcase.
- To force passage or acceptance of: rammed the project through the city council despite local opposition.
Origin of ramMiddle English from Old English ramm
Origin of RAMr(andom-)a(ccess) m(emory)
(third-person singular simple present rams, present participle ramming, simple past and past participle rammed)
From Old English ramm.
ram - Computer Definition
Semiconductor-based computer memory that stores program code and data in locations that can be accessed in any order. As the primary working memory of a computer, RAM stores program code and data that can be accessed, read, and written to by the central processing unit (CPU) and other hardware devices. RAM is characterized as read/write memory to distinguish it from ROM (Read Only Memory), which is the primary storage memory. RAM is volatile, meaning that any data stored in RAM is lost and unrecoverable if power is lost. Many programs set aside some amount of RAM as a temporary workspace for data until it can be printed, transmitted, or stored on a hard drive, floppy disk, or other permanent or semi-permanent medium. See also ROM.
(Random Access Memory) The main memory in a computer, smartphone or tablet. RAM is the temporary workspace where instructions are executed and data are processed. What makes RAM "random access" is its capability of reading and writing any single byte. This "byte addressability" differs from storage devices such as hard disks and flash memory chips, which read and write sectors containing multiple bytes. In addition, RAM is used as a temporary space for the software, while storage is permanent until deleted by the user. To learn how memory is used, see computer (look at the memory examples). Also see memory, memory module and future memory chips. RAM Is DRAM or SRAM The most common type of RAM is dynamic RAM (DRAM). When a computer data sheet states 4GB of memory or 4GB RAM, it refers to DRAM (see dynamic RAM). Higher-speed SRAM is also used as an internal staging area (see static RAM). Memory Is Often Not RAM! A smartphone or tablet's specification of 16GB or 32GB of memory does not refer to RAM; rather it is the unit's flash memory capacity for storing apps and data. The internal RAM is in the 256MB-3GB range but is not widely promoted to the general public, presumably to avoid confusion between RAM (temporary workspace) and flash memory (permanent storage). See storage vs. memory.
ram - Investment & Finance Definition
Short for random access memory, short-term memory used in a personal computer. The computer’s processor can access any part of the memory or data storage directly, which makes saving and accessing files faster. See also DRAM.