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Meaning of BATTERING RAM

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings
 
 See Also: ram

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bat"ter*ing-ram`\, n.
1. (Mil.) An engine used in ancient times to beat down the
   walls of besieged places.

Note: It was a large beam, with a head of iron, which was
      sometimes made to resemble the head of a ram. It was
      suspended by ropes to a beam supported by posts, and so
      balanced as to swing backward and forward, and was
      impelled by men against the wall. --Grose.

2. A blacksmith's hammer, suspended, and worked horizontally.

 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

(Ezek. 4:2; 21:22), a military engine, consisting of a long beam of wood hung upon a frame, for making breaches in walls. The end of it which was brought against the wall was shaped like a ram's head.

 

 

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