- 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 ramping
Sorely missed talent, of course, only goes so far in ramping up excitement for a new sitcom.The Failure of ‘Sean Saves the World’ Is Epically Disappointing
January 29, 2014
He was unimpressed, taking occasion to publicly rebuke Magomed Bilalov for ramping up costs and missing deadlines.Putin's Criminal Olympics
January 27, 2014
The stock market is at all-time high, auto companies are ramping up production, and home sales are recovering nicely.Ben Bernanke to Congress: You’re Doing It Wrong
May 22, 2013
Three groups new to the fight will be critical to ramping up the pressure on lawmakers.Joe Manchin’s Crusade to Get Gun Bill a Second Shot
May 1, 2013
Of course, none of these factors guarantee a ramping down of events in Gaza.War in Gaza Poses Risks for All Sides
November 16, 2012
"I've a raging, ramping headache," said Mrs. Palmer solemnly.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
He was ramping about the living-room, waiting for a fight—and he got it.The Trail of the Hawk
The ramping one threw out his huge chest and roared with laughter.Connie Morgan in the Fur Country
James B. Hendryx
She could not help smiling; he was ramping about in such a clumsy, comical way.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete
Martin Anderson Nexo
He was ramping and raging like a wild man down in front of the post office.The Major
- 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 ramping
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.