verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- ramp down,
- ramp up,
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|Kevin Fallon|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was unimpressed, taking occasion to publicly rebuke Magomed Bilalov for ramping up costs and missing deadlines.
The stock market is at all-time high, auto companies are ramping up production, and home sales are recovering nicely.
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|Eleanor Clift|May 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Of course, none of these factors guarantee a ramping down of events in Gaza.
Antiquarians hold we are,—and—and we have an old seal, marked with a ramping lion on a shield, and a castle over him.Tess of the d'Urbervilles|Thomas Hardy
There he was on his hind legs, ramping against the front of the cage, every hair on him bristling, his tail lashing his flanks.A Rough Shaking|George MacDonald
Afternoons he frequently drove one: a ramping bay mare with a fractious temper and a set of gifted heels.Local Color|Irvin S. Cobb
Along the ramping wall, Secondinus's miners had reached the sand, and were consequently no longer heard.Annals of a Fortress|E. Viollet-le-Duc
Then his gardeners eye was suddenly arrested by a perle des jardins that was ramping beyond all bounds.The Angel of Pain|E. F. Benson
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.