- 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.
ramp definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French 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: Middle 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: taken 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
ramp definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: French rampe, from ramper, to slope, rise up, from Old French; see ramp2.
intransitive verb ramped, ramp·ing, ramps
- To act threateningly or violently; rage.
- To assume a threatening stance.
- Heraldry To stand in the rampant position.
Origin: Middle English rampen, from Old French ramper, to rear, rise up, of Germanic origin.
- ramp noun
Origin: Variant of rams, from Middle English ramse, from Old English hramsa.
ramp - Phrases/Idioms