verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of ramp1
noun Usually ramps.
Origin of ramp2
Examples from the Web for ramp
Contemporary Examples of 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.
“The Zone” is of course the ramp where Jews arriving by train are selected for slavery or gas.How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
September 28, 2014
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?
May 30, 2014
Led by the color guard, and several chaplains, the detail shuffle-stepped toward the plane and up the ramp.How the Dead Come Home From Afghanistan
May 9, 2014
Historical Examples of ramp
Pieter Heemskerk stood by the ramp to the stubby G-boat and checked his watch.
In two minutes, it would be time for him to walk up the ramp into the G-boat.
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
When he saw the ramp running from the ship to the ground, he was dismayed.The Stutterer
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.