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Ram (noun)

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Ram. n.s. [ꞃam, Saxon; ram, Dutch.]

  1. A male sheep; in some provinces, a tup.

    The ewes, being rank, turned to the rams. Shakesp.

    An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram tender. Shakesp.

    You may draw the bones of a ram's head hung with strings of beads and ribbands. Peacham on Drawing.

    A ram their off'ring, and a ram their meat. Dryden.

    The ram, having pass'd the sea, serenely shines,
    And leads the year.
    Creech's Manilius.

  2. An instrument with an iron head to batter walls.

                                Antony,
    Let not the piece of virtue, which is set
    As the cement of our love,
    To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
    The fortress of it.
    Shakesp. Antony and Cleopatra.

    Judas calling upon the Lord, who without any rams or engines of war did cast down Jericho, gave a fierce assault against the walls. 2 Mac. xii. 15.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Maccabees (14) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Creech, Thomas (12) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ram (noun)." 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=19874.


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