- a sloping surface connecting two levels; incline.
- a short concave slope or bend, as one connecting the higher and lower parts of a staircase railing at a landing.
- any extensive sloping walk or passageway.
- the act of ramping.
- Also called boarding ramp. a movable staircase for entering or leaving a cabin door of an airplane.
- Also called parking ramp. apron(def 6).
- (of animals) to stand or move with the forelegs or arms raised, as in animosity or excitement.
- (of a lion or other large quadruped represented on a coat of arms) to rise or stand on the hind legs.
- to rear as if to spring.
- to leap or dash with fury (often followed by about).
- to act violently; rage; storm: ramping and raging in a great fury.
- to provide with a ramp or ramps: Entrances will be ramped to accommodate those in wheelchairs.
- ramp along, Nautical. to sail on a tack with all sails filled.
Origin of ramp1
Examples from the Web for ramped
Weapons that make you feel like your skin is on fire could probably be ramped up to the lethal zone.Special Ops’ Weapons Wish List
April 9, 2014
Ramped promenades to either side provide the same wishful access to the disabled.Inside New York’s New Four Freedoms Park: A Private Tour
September 23, 2012
With the drought and fire came high winds, dust storms, record temperatures, and ramped up evaporation levels.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers
August 9, 2012
After the law was signed and the opposition lawsuits were filed, the White House ramped up its ACA messaging operation."I Don't Think That Was Our Job"
June 26, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also ramped up the pressure.Syria’s Failed Ramadan Crackdown
August 13, 2011
He ramped about the room like a wild beast in a confined cage.The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories
I ramped and I stamped; I banned and I bellowed like desperation.The Provost
As the chain swung we saw the crate was really a clumsy cage in which ramped a huge and tawny form.
There was a dusky room hung with blue stuffs where dragons black and gold crawled and ramped.
He ramped through the scenes of the romance, said Clarke, like a young horse turned into a spring meadow.Life of John Keats
William Michael Rossetti
- a sloping floor, path, etc, that joins two surfaces at different levels
- a movable stairway by which passengers enter and leave an aircraft
- the act of ramping
- British slang a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
- another name for sleeping policeman
- (intr ; often foll by about or around) (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner
- to act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage)
- (tr) finance to buy (a security) in the market with the object of raising its price and enhancing the image of the company behind it for financial gain
Word Origin and History for ramped
1778, "slope," from French rampe, back-formation from Old French verb ramper "to climb, scale, mount;" see ramp (v.). Meaning "road on or off a major highway" is from 1952, American English.
"rude, boisterous girl or woman," mid-15c., perhaps from ramp (v.). Cf. romp in Johnson's Dictionary (1755): "a rude, awkward, boisterous, untaught girl."
c.1300, "to climb; to stand on the hind legs" (of animals), from Old French ramper "to climb, scale, mount" (12c., in Modern French "to creep, crawl"), perhaps from Frankish *rampon "to contract oneself" (cf. Old High German rimpfan "to wrinkle," Old English hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle"), via notion of the bodily contraction involved in climbing [Klein], from Proto-Germanic *hrimp- "to contract oneself." Related: Ramped; ramping.