1 [ramp]
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 ).
verb (used without object)
(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.
verb (used with object)
to provide with a ramp or ramps: Entrances will be ramped to accommodate those in wheelchairs.
Verb phrases
ramp along, Nautical. to sail on a tack with all sails filled.

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English rampen < Old French ramper to creep, crawl, climb; (noun) < French rampe, derivative of ramper

rampingly, adverb
unramped, adjective
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2 [ramp]
noun Usually, ramps.
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.
Also called wild leek.

1530–40; back formation from ramps ramson, variant (with intrusive p) of rams, earlier rammys, orig. the singular of ramson

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ramp (ræmp)
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.  slang (Brit) a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
5.  another name for sleeping policeman
6.  (intr; often foll by about or around) (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner
7.  to act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage)
8.  (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
[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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1778, "slope," from Fr. rampe, back-formation from O.Fr. verb ramper "to climb, creep" (12c.), perhaps from Frank. *rampon "to contract oneself" (cf. O.H.G. rimpfan "to wrinkle," O.E. hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle"
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Belle is attempting to leap over a double-wide ramp that leads to an
  underground parking garage.
The ramp is enclosed by cinder-block walls, about three feet high.
The students filed onstage, and a gaggle of movers lugged the piano up a metal
But firms aren't going to ramp up their hiring if consumer demand doesn't rise.
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