verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- ramp down,
- ramp up,
Origin of ramp1
noun Usually ramps.
Origin of ramp2
Examples from the Web for ramp
Jimbo and I walked up its ramp and into the hull, which looked like the gutted inside of a school bus.
Jimbo and I headed towards the ramp when the crew chief grabbed us.
Jaffe calls the approach “an off ramp before jail, a fence at the edge of the cliff rather than an ambulance at the bottom.”SB Shooting Prompts Question: Should Parents of Mentally Ill Adults Be Able To Commit Them?|Eleanor Clift|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Led by the color guard, and several chaplains, the detail shuffle-stepped toward the plane and up the ramp.
The ramp opened to a spring breeze and a view of snowcapped mountains.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan|Nick Willard|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was only about a 12-foot ramp there that he had to guard.Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He emerged on the ramp, gave his number to the attendant, and waved at Bill in his office.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
He grabbed her hand and set off at a run for the bottom of the ramp.Space Tug|Murray Leinster
Bram led the way up the ramp, and the three stepped through a gap in the rocks and found themselves on an extensive prairie.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930|Victor Rousseau
A midget auto came skidding down the pirate ship's ramp, its driver standing on the accelerator.This One Problem|M. C. Pease
Word Origin for ramp
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.