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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ramrodnoun

    a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm

  2. ramrodnoun

    a harshly demanding overseer

  3. ramrodnoun

    a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm


  1. ramrodnoun

    Device used with early firearms to push the projectile up against the propellant.

  2. ramrodnoun

    Ranch or trail foreman, usually the first or second person in charge. The person responsible for getting the work done.

  3. ramrodnoun

    A World War II code name for short range fighter and bomber attacks to destroy ground targets, similar to circus attacks.

  4. ramrodverb

    To force.

    That new project manager is just the one to ramrod this through to completion.


  1. Ramrod

    A ramrod (or scouring stick) is a metal or wooden device used with muzzleloading firearms to push the projectile up against the propellant (mainly blackpowder). The ramrod was used with weapons such as muskets and cannons and was usually held in a notch underneath the barrel. Bullets that did not fit snugly in the barrel were often secured in place by a wad of paper or cloth, but either way, ramming was necessary to place the bullet securely at the rear of the barrel. Ramming was also needed to tamp the powder so that it would explode properly instead of fizzle (this was a leading cause of misfires). The ramrod could also be fitted with tools for various tasks such as cleaning the weapon, or retrieving a stuck bullet. Cap and ball revolvers were loaded a bit like muzzleloaders—powder was poured into each chamber of the cylinder from the muzzle end, and a bullet was then squeezed in. Such handguns usually had a ramming mechanism built into the frame. The user pulled a lever underneath the barrel of the pistol, which pushed a rammer into the aligned chamber. Naval artillery began as muzzle-loading cannon and these too required ramming. Large muzzle loading guns continued into the 1880s, using wooden staffs worked by several sailors as ramrods. Manual ramming was replaced with hydraulic powered ramming with trials on HMS Thunderer from 1874.


  1. ramrod

    A ramrod is a long, straight, and rigid piece of metal, often used to push ammunition or projectiles down the barrel of a muzzle-loading firearm. It can also refer to a person who is rigidly strict or maintains strict discipline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ramrodnoun

    the rod used in ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm


  1. Ramrod

    Ramrod is a 1947 Western film directed by André De Toth. This cowboy drama from Hungarian director De Toth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke Short. De Toth's first Western is often compared to films noir movies released around the same time. The film stars Veronica Lake who was married to director De Toth from 1944 to 1952.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ramrod

    ram′rod, n. a rod used in ramming down the charge in a gun.—n. Ram′rod-bay′onet.—adj. Ram′roddy, stiff like a ramrod.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ramrod

    In muzzle-loading, is the implement used in charging a piece, to drive home the powder and shot.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ramrod

    The rod of iron formerly used in loading a piece to drive home a charge; but now used to clean the rifle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramrod in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramrod in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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