Battering-ram

Bat"ter*ing-ram`

(), n. 1. (Mil.) An engine used in ancient times to beat down the walls of besieged places.
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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.
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2. A blacksmith's hammer, suspended, and worked horizontally.
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