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ramp1

[ramp]
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noun
  1. a sloping surface connecting two levels; incline.
  2. a short concave slope or bend, as one connecting the higher and lower parts of a staircase railing at a landing.
  3. any extensive sloping walk or passageway.
  4. the act of ramping.
  5. Also called boarding ramp. a movable staircase for entering or leaving a cabin door of an airplane.
  6. Also called parking ramp. apron(def 6).
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of animals) to stand or move with the forelegs or arms raised, as in animosity or excitement.
  2. (of a lion or other large quadruped represented on a coat of arms) to rise or stand on the hind legs.
  3. to rear as if to spring.
  4. to leap or dash with fury (often followed by about).
  5. to act violently; rage; storm: ramping and raging in a great fury.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a ramp or ramps: Entrances will be ramped to accommodate those in wheelchairs.
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Verb Phrases
  1. ramp along, Nautical. to sail on a tack with all sails filled.
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Origin of ramp1

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English rampen < Old French ramper to creep, crawl, climb; (noun) < French rampe, derivative of ramper
Related formsramp·ing·ly, adverbun·ramped, adjective

ramp2

[ramp]
noun Usually ramps.
  1. a wild onion, Allium tricoccum, of the amaryllis family, of eastern North America, having flat leaves and rounded clusters of whitish flowers; eaten raw or used as a flavoring in cooked foods.
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Origin of ramp2

1530–40; back formation from ramps ramson, variant (with intrusive p) of rams, earlier rammys, orig. the singular of ramson
Also called wild leek.
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Examples from the Web for ramp

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Historical Examples

  • In two minutes, it would be time for him to walk up the ramp into the G-boat.

    Wind

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • Pieter Heemskerk stood by the ramp to the stubby G-boat and checked his watch.

    Wind

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • The station was completely empty as Ravdin walked down the ramp to the shuttles.

    The Link

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • He shot him and ran up the ramp as the officer's body rolled down it.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • The ramp floor was supported by steel tubes at its edges and in its exact center.

    The Stutterer

    R.R. Merliss


British Dictionary definitions for ramp

ramp

noun
  1. a sloping floor, path, etc, that joins two surfaces at different levels
  2. a movable stairway by which passengers enter and leave an aircraft
  3. the act of ramping
  4. British slang a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
  5. another name for sleeping policeman
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verb
  1. (intr ; often foll by about or around) (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner
  2. to act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage)
  3. (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
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See also ramp down, ramp up

Word Origin

C18 (n): from C13 rampe, from Old French ramper to crawl or rear, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German ramp cramp
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Word Origin and History for ramp

n.1

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.

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n.2

"rude, boisterous girl or woman," mid-15c., perhaps from ramp (v.). Cf. romp in Johnson's Dictionary (1755): "a rude, awkward, boisterous, untaught girl."

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v.

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.

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