Definitions for: Ramp


[n] an inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another
[n] a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft
[n] North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers
[v] stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
[v] as of a snake
[v] creep up -- used esp. of plants; "The roses ramped over the wall"
[v] be rampant, as of a beast in a heraldic depiction
[v] furnish with a ramp; "The ramped auditorium"
[v] behave violently, as if in a great rage



Webster (1913) Definition: Ramp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ramped (?; 215); p. pr. & vb.
n. Ramping.] [F. ramper to creep, OF., to climb; of German
origin; cf. G. raffen to snatch, LG. & D. rapen. See Rap to
snatch, and cf. Romp.]
1. To spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to
become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp.

2. To move by leaps, or by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or
with violence.

Their bridles they would champ,

And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp.
--Spenser.

3. To climb, as a plant; to creep up.

With claspers and tendrils, they [plants] catch
hold, . . . and so ramping upon trees, they mount up
to a great height. --Ray.


Ramp, n.
1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.

The bold Ascalonite Fled from his lion ramp.
--Milton.

2. A highwayman; a robber. [Prov. Eng.]

3. A romping woman; a prostitute. [Obs.] --Lyly.

4. [F. rampe.] (Arch.)
(a) Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional
one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase.
(b) A short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or
cap changes its direction.

5. [F. rampe.] (Fort.) An inclined plane serving as a
communication between different interior levels.

Synonyms: Allium tricoccum, incline, rage, storm, wild leek

See Also: act, alliaceous plant, behave, climb, climb up, crawl, creep, do, furnish, go up, inclined plane, model, mount, pose, posture, provide, render, sit, ski jump, staircase, stairs, stairway, stand, stand up, steps, supply

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