Ramp Definition

rămp
ramped, ramping, ramps
noun
ramps
A sloping, sometimes curved, surface, walk, road, etc. joining different levels.
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A means for boarding or leaving a plane, as a staircase on wheels rolled up to the door.
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A mobile staircase by which passengers board and leave an aircraft.
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A concave bend or curve where a handrail or coping changes its direction, as at a staircase landing.
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A sloping runway for launching boats, as from trailers.
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verb
ramped, ramping, ramps
To stand upright on the hind legs.
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To rush around or act in a threatening or violent manner.
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To provide with a ramp.
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To assume a threatening posture.
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To be depicted rampant.
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idiom
ramp up
  • to increase or augment

    to ramp up factory production

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Other Word Forms of Ramp

Noun

Singular:
ramp
Plural:
ramps

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Ramp

Origin of Ramp

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • French rampe from ramper to slope, rise up from Old French ramp2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English rampen from Old French ramper to rear, rise up of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant of rams from Middle English ramse from Old English hramsa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See ramson.

    From Wiktionary

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