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Ram (verb)

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To Ram. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To drive with violence, as with a battering ram.

    Ram thou thy faithful tidings in mine ears,
    That long time have been barren.
    Shakesp.

    Having no artillery nor engines, and finding that he could do no good by ramming with logs of timber, he set one of the gates on fire. Bacon's Henry VII.

    The charge with bullet, or paper wet and hard stopped, or with powder alone rammed in hard, maketh no great difference in the loudness of the report. Bacon's Nat. Hist.

    A mariner loading his gun, while he was ramming in a cartridge, the powder took fire. Wiseman's Surgery.

    Here many poor people roll in vast balls of snow, which they ram together, and cover from the sun shine. Addison.

    A ditch drawn between two parallel furrows, was filled with some sound materials, and rammed to make the foundation solid. Arbuthnot on Coins.

  2. To fill with any thing driven hard together.

    As when that devilish iron engine wrought
    In deepest hell, and fram'd by furies skill,
    With windy nitre and quick sulphur fraught,
    And ramm'd with bullet round ordain'd to kill.
    Fa. Queen.

                He that proves the king,
    To him will we prove loyal; till that time,
    Have we ramm'd up our gates against the world.
    Shakesp.

    They mined the walls, laid the powder, and rammed the mouth, but the citizens made a countermine. Hayward.

    This into hollow engines, long and round,
    Thick ramm'd, at th' other bore with touch of fire
    Dilated and infuriate, shall send forth
    Such implements of mischief, as shall dash
    To pieces.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    Leave a convenient space behind the wall to ram in clay. Mortimer's Husbandry.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Hayward, John (42) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Milton, John (449) · Mortimer, John (62) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ram (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 27, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19871.


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