- (esp formerly) a large beam used to break down the walls or doors of fortifications
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bat•ter•ing ram /ˈbætərɪŋ ˌræm/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a device used to force entrance to a building, batter down walls, etc.
- Militaryan ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
- any of various similar devices, usually machine-powered, used in demolition, by police and firefighters to force entrance to a building, etc.
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