Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a rod used for ramming down the charge in a gun that is loaded through the muzzle
- ☆ a person in charge, esp. one who is rigid or unyielding
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A rod used to force the charge into a muzzleloading firearm.
- A rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm.
- A harshly demanding overseer; a disciplinarian.
- To exert strict control over; supervise closely.
- To force passage or acceptance of: a group that ramrodded the bill through Congress.