Definition of Battering ram

1. Noun. A ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings.

Generic synonyms: Engine, Ram

Definition of Battering ram

1. Noun. (historical) A heavy object used for battering down walls and gates before gunpowder was known. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Battering Ram

batter bread
batter up
battered child syndrome
battered spouse syndrome
battered women
batterie de cuisine
battering ram (current term)
battering rams
battering train
battering trains
batters' boxes
battery-backed save
battery-backed saves

Literary usage of Battering ram

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Military and Religious Life in the Middle Ages and the Period of the Renaissance by P. L. Jacob (1874)
"On Easter day," says the anonymous author of the chronicle of the " Albigeois," " the bosson (the southern name of the battering-ram) was placed in position ..."

2. A Documentary History of American Industrial Society by American Bureau of Industrial Research, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Eugene Allen Gilmore, John Rogers Commons, Helen Laura Sumner (1910)
"(3) The Whig battering ram. Working Man's Advocate, Sept. 14, 1844. It appears by the following extract, which we make from a "campaign" paper, ..."

3. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong, Roul Tunley (1883)
"In some bas-reliefs the battering-ram is without wheels ; it was then, ... When the machine containing the battering-ram was a simple framework and did not ..."

4. A History of the Ancient Working People: From the Earliest Known Period to by Cyrenus Osborne Ward (1889)
"... Battering-Ram- makers etc.—Bootmakers who Cobbled for the Roman Troops —Wine Men, Bakers aud Sutlers—All Organized—Unions of Oil Grinders; ..."

5. Roman Antiquities ...: Designed to Illustrate the Latin Classics, by by Alexander Adam (1839)
"When they could be brought up to the walls, a place was seldom able to stand out long.7 But the most dreadful machine of all was the battering ram ..."

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