What does the word ramrod mean?

Usage examples for ramrod

  1. With barely time to spike the gun with a ramrod, the three officers and the dozen artillerymen withdrew and left the enemy in possession. – Brock Centenary 1812-1912 by Various
  2. He was dressed as Steve had always seen him, in black corduroy breeches, high black boots, broad black hat- a man standing upward of six feet, carrying himself as straight as a ramrod, his chest as powerful as a blacksmith's bellows, the calf of his leg as thick as many a man's thigh; big, hard hands, the fingers twisted by toil; the face weatherbeaten like an old sea captain's, with eyes like the frozen blue of a clear winter sky. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory