General English

  • noun
    (written as RAM)
    random access memory, computer memory that allows access to any part of the memory in any order without having to access the rest of memory
  • verb to move or hammer something down hard


  • noun a male sheep or goat, that has not been castrated


  • noun an increase in air pressure caused by the forward speed of the aircraft


  • noun
    (written as RAM)
    memory that allows access to any location in any order, without having to access the rest first.
  • acronym forsequential access
    (written as RAM)
  • noun a storage medium that can be written to and read from


  • A cylinder that contains a plunger instead of a piston and rod.
  • The plunger in a hydraulic press.


  • (written as RAM)
    Acronym for random access memory. One or more memory chips that can be read and written by the CPU and other hardware, and which serve as the primary workspace of a computer. Instructions and data are loaded here for subsequent execution or processing, and its name is based on the ability to access storage locations in any desired order. The amount of RAM a computer has determines factors such as how many programs may be optimally run simultaneously. Although some other types of memory, such as ROM, may also be accessed randomly, RAM may be volatile, while the others are not. The two main types of RAM are dynamic RAM and static RAM. RAM may also called read/write memory, or read/write RAM, to distinguish it from ROM, and main memory, main storage, primary memory, or primary storage to differentiate it from storage devices such as hard disks. Also called core memory (2).
  • acronym forrandom-access memory
    (written as RAM)
  • acronym forread/write memory
    (written as RAM)


  • verb to force the passage of a bill, usually against strong objections


  • acronym forreliability, availability, maintainability
    (written as RAM)


  • acronym forreverse-annuity mortgage
    (written as RAM)


  • acronym forradar-absorbent material
    (written as RAM)
  • noun a substance which does not reflect radar waves, used as a covering on earlier types of stealth aircraft, in order to make them invisible to enemy radar equipment.

General Science

  • acronym forSAM
    (written as RAM)

Origin & History of “ram”

Ram is a general west Germanic word for ‘male sheep’, now shared only by Dutch (although German has the derivative ramme ‘rammer’). It may be related to Old Norse ramr ‘strong’, the allusion being to the ram’s strength in butting. this is reflected in the word’s metaphorical applications: it was being used in Old English for a ‘battering-ram’, and by the 14th century the verb ram had emerged. Another relative is the verb ramble (17th c.), which etymologically denotes ‘wander around like a randy ram, looking for ewes to copulate with’. It was borrowed from middle Dutch rammelen, a derivative of rammen ‘copulate with’, which is connected with ram.