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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ramrod a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
    • n ramrod a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
    • n ramrod a harshly demanding overseer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ramrod răm"rŏd` The rod used in ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ramrod A rod for ramming down the charge of a gun, pistol, or other firearm, especially for small hand-fire-arms. (Compare rammer.) Now that most small-arms load at the breech, ramrods are much less used than formerly. The ordinary ramrod for shot-guns, rifles, and the like was an unjointed wooden or iron rod, enlarged at the head or there fitted with a metal cap, and furnished at the other end with a screw or wormer for extracting a charge; when not in use it was carried in thimbles on the under side of the barrel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ramrod ram′rod a rod used in ramming down the charge in a gun
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In literature:

Then we will spit them on a ramrod, and I will hold them in the flame.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Even the ramrods could be seen flashing in the air, as the men, while in the act of loading, drew and returned the rammers.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
The announcement of Klutchem's name brought the Colonel to his feet as straight as a ramrod.
"Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman" by F. Hopkinson Smith
There was not time for him to withdraw the ramrod, much less to put on a cap.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I drew the ramrod, and inverted it into the barrel.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Rover, ef ye lift yer muzzle agin, I'll warm yer back with the ramrod.
"Holiday Tales" by W. H. H. Murray
Of a sudden by some mistake, a ramrod was fired from a careless soldier's gun, and it pierced her through her heart.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
The big gunner was at the breach of his swivel-gun, ramrod in hand.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Miss Becky, meanwhile, sat erect as a ramrod, a look of perplexity screwing her wrinkles all out of shape.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
A Rebel soldier raises his slouched hat on his ramrod.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I shot out my ramrod.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
Stiff as a ramrod, an' no mistake.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Guichard worked quickly with powder horn and ramrod to load his rifle.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Up as straight as a ramrod sat the afflicted Philemon.
"Harper's Young People, July 13, 1880" by Various
I declare to my God, he had a back as roun' as a hoop 'til they started these Volunteers, but now he's like a ramrod.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
That's why my wand is fashioned of a ramrod.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
The fire was soon lit, and the ducks cut up and spitted upon the ramrods.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Using a small ramrod, he forced the bullet out of the chamber of the little pistol.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
But the favorite amusement was shooting iron ramrods.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
In despair, De Peyster at last raises a white flag, and white handkerchiefs are waved from ramrods.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell

In poetry:

Nen Uncle Sidney, he took an' filed
A' old arn ramrod; an' one o' the ends
He screwed fast into the vise; an' smiled,
Thinkin', he said, o' when he wuz a child,
'Fore him an' Pa wuz mens.
"The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Featuring 42 cubic foot capacity, the new Ramrod large capacity dumper bucket offers a 30 degree dump angle.
When the City Council ramrodded through a climate action plan on election night, it did a real disservice to the public.
Lawrence " Ramrod " Shurtliff.
Lawrence " Ramrod " Shurtliff, legendary crew chief for the Grateful Dead has died from lung cancer at Petaluma Valley Hospital.
Known throughout the biz simply as Ramrod, this legendary character was first in and last out of every show played by the Dead.
State and Monroe County fire marshals are investigating the cause of a Monday night blaze that destroyed a Ramrod Key home, boat, equipment trailer, recreational vehicle and two motorcycles.
Why do these buffoons continue to ramrod the name "Regents" as part of the new university name.
Tacoma businessman Steve Albers dies from injuries sustained during RAMROD bike ride.
Would Chris Christie's ' ramrod ' approach help or hurt Mitt Romney in swing states.
Featuring 42 cubic foot capacity, the new Ramrod large capacity dumper bucket offers a 30 degree dump angle.
This material bucket compliments the larger Ramrod Mini skid-steers (Models 930, 950, 1150,1350, WB1500TX).
Snyder, a business executive-turned-governor, and the Legislature 's GOP majority used their political muscle to rapidly introduce and ramrod legislation through the Michigan House and Senate in a single.
Alan Carroll stands outside his containerized housing unit, pronounced "chew," on Forward Operating Base Ramrod.
Becca Payne, one of the young ramrods at John T Floore Country Store in Helotes, said that on Saturday night.