An order given to accellerate and crash into something.
- used in the Deathmobile scene from the movie Animal House, 1978
-"Prepare for ramming speed" - said by Worf in the movie Star Trek First Contact 1996
an order used in the movie Ben Hur to move a ship to a ramming speed.
from R.U.S.I. Journal, Volume 24 By Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies 1881 page 708 "Vice Admiral Selwyn I was just going to say one word on a subject on which there seems to be a lingering mechanical fallacy All our experience of collisions shows us distinctly that the greater the speed of the ramming ship the less damage is done on board her and no Officer ought to slow his ship down to a ramming speed on any condition if he does so he ensures more damage to himself than to his adversary As my name has been referred to in the course of the discussion as putting gun power higher than speed I beg to say on that occasion I was speaking of the powerful ironclad and I had in mind's certain... " http://goo.gl/vvXKM The Naval article references ramming tactics used in the Battle of Lissa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lissa_(1866)
ramming speed was not said by Nemo in "20,000 leagues under the sea" book, even though people quote him as saying that. The Nautilus crashed in to the Abraham Lincoln, but the 'ramming speed quote isn't in the book. http://goo.gl/X8vuF c. 1870 (it may be in a movie adaptation, but I can't find it)