battering ram


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bat·ter·ing ram

(băt′ər-ĭng)
n.
1. A very heavy metal bar used by firefighters and law enforcement officers to break down walls and doors.
2. A heavy beam used in ancient and medieval warfare to batter down the walls and gates of a place under siege.

battering ram

n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (esp formerly) a large beam used to break down the walls or doors of fortifications

bat′tering ram`


n.
1. an ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
2. any similar devices used in demolition, to force entrance to a building, etc.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battering ram - a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildingsbattering ram - a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings
engine - an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.; "medieval engines of war"
ram - a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
Translations

battering ram

nRammbock m, → Sturmbock m

battering ram

[ˈbætərɪŋˌræm] nariete m
References in classic literature ?
The bandits, panting like a pack of hounds who are forcing a boar into his lair, pressed tumultuously round the great door, all disfigured by the battering ram, but still standing.
She saw the sinewy form leap to the shoulder of the lion, hurtling against the leaping beast like a huge, animate battering ram.
The prisoner broke the chair, which was too heavy for him to lift, and made use of it as a battering ram to strike against the door.
They won't overturn the Constitution with our friend Brooke's head for a battering ram.
It was the battering ram of the ancients hurled by infinite strength.
It struck the tower of Shepperton Church, smash- ing it down as the impact of a battering ram might have done, swerved aside, blundered on and collapsed with tre- mendous force into the river out of my sight.
He threw his weight against the wooden panel; but the thick skeel of which it was constructed would have withstood a battering ram.
Like a battering ram, this king-post could be driven end-onward against the mighty red-iridescent sphere.
Thornton saw him coming, and, as Buck struck him like a battering ram, with the whole force of the current behind him, he reached up and closed with both arms around the shaggy neck.
He wheeled and shuffled back a dozen paces, then he turned, lifted his trunk and gave voice to a mighty roaring, trumpet-call of anger, lowered his head and charged like a huge battering ram of flesh and bone and muscle straight for the mighty barrier.
I swung it like a police battering ram to free the iced-up door lock CHRIS MCCABE ON HIS ESCAPE FROM DEATH