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[ramp] /ræmp/
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.
Origin of ramp1
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English rampen < Old French ramper to creep, crawl, climb; (noun) < French rampe, derivative of ramper
Related forms
rampingly, adverb
unramped, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ramped
  • As chemistry has ramped up in the past century, ingredients in cosmetics have become increasingly complex and cutting-edge.
  • Wherever drilling is allowed, production already has ramped up significantly.
  • Today's ramped-up parental authority rests on three pillars: science, safety, and achievement.
  • None had their food intake artificially limited or, as with livestock, ramped up.
  • During the credit crunch he ramped up public spending.
  • So there is no doubt that this administration has ramped up uncertainty to new heights.
  • Mining will need to be ramped up sometime in the future which will increase costs.
  • Cooking oil companies had already ramped up production of trans-fat alternatives.
  • It installed a new chief executive, got everybody singing from the same sheet of music, and has really ramped up its growth.
  • The building's ramped entrance is accessible from the public sidewalk, a short distance from the handicap parking spots.
British Dictionary definitions for ramped


a sloping floor, path, etc, that joins two surfaces at different levels
a movable stairway by which passengers enter and leave an aircraft
the act of ramping
(Brit, slang) a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
another name for sleeping policeman
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner
to act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage)
(transitive) (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
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 ramped



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.

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