- The definition of a ramp is a sloped or curved surface that joins different levels.
- An example of a ramp is how someone in a wheelchair would get onto a sidewalk from a street.
- An example of a ramp is the sloping runway used to launch a boat into water from a trailer.
A woman using a wheelchair ramp.
- a sloping, sometimes curved, surface, walk, road, etc. joining different levels
- ☆ a means for boarding or leaving a plane, as a staircase on wheels rolled up to the door
- a concave bend or curve where a handrail or coping changes its direction, as at a staircase landing
- a sloping runway for launching boats, as from trailers
Origin of rampFrench rampe ; from Old French ramper: see ramp
- to stand upright on the hind legs
- Heraldry to be depicted rampant
- to assume a threatening posture
- to move or rush threateningly, violently, or with fury; rampage
Origin of rampMiddle English rampen ; from Old French ramper, to climb, clamber ; from Frankish an unverified form rampon, to cramp together ; from Germanic an unverified form rampa, claw, akin to Middle Dutch ramp, cramp ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kremb-, variant, variety of base an unverified form (s)kerb(h)-, to twist, curve from source shrimp, harp
Origin of ramptaken as singular of ramps, variant, variety of dialect, dialectal rams, wild garlic ; from Middle English ; from Old English hramsa, wild garlic ; from Indo-European base an unverified form krem- from source Classical Greek kremyon, Middle Irish crem, Lithuanian kermùšė
- An inclined surface or roadway connecting different levels.
- A mobile staircase by which passengers board and leave an aircraft.
- A concave bend of a handrail where a sharp change in level or direction occurs, as at a stair landing.
Origin of rampFrench rampe, from ramper, to slope, rise up, from Old French; see ramp2.
intransitive verbramped, ramp·ing, ramps
- To rush around or act in a threatening or violent manner.
- To assume a threatening stance, as in rearing up on hindlegs.
- Heraldry To stand in the rampant position.
Origin of rampMiddle English rampen, from Old French ramper, to rear, rise up, of Germanic origin.
Origin of rampVariant of rams, from Middle English ramse, from Old English hramsa.
- An inclined surface that connects two levels; an incline.
- A road that connects a freeway to a surface street or another freeway.
- (aviation) A mobile staircase that is attached to the doors of an aircraft at an airport
- (aviation) A place where an aircraft parks, next to a terminal, for loading and unloading (see also apron)
- (skating) A construction used to do skating tricks, usually in the form of part of a pipe.
- A speed bump
(third-person singular simple present ramps, present participle ramping, simple past and past participle ramped)
From French rampe, back-formation of Old French ramper, from Frankish *rampon (“to contract oneself”), akin to Old High German rimpfan (German rümpfen (“to wrinkle up”)). Compare Danish rimpe (“to fold" (archaic), "to baste”), Icelandic rimpa.