• WordNet 3.6
    • v ramp stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
    • v ramp creep up -- used especially of plants "The roses ramped over the wall"
    • v ramp be rampant "the lion is rampant in this heraldic depiction"
    • v ramp furnish with a ramp "The ramped auditorium"
    • v ramp behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
    • n ramp an inclined surface connecting two levels
    • n ramp a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft
    • n ramp North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ramp A highwayman; a robber.
    • Ramp A leap; a spring; a hostile advance. "The bold Ascalonite
      Fled from his lion ramp ."
    • Ramp A romping woman; a prostitute.
    • Ramp (Arch) A short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or cap changes its direction.
    • Ramp (Fort) An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.
    • Ramp (Arch) Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase.
    • Ramp 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."
    • Ramp To move by leaps, or as by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence. "Their bridles they would champ,
      And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp ."
    • Ramp To spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ramp To rise by climbing or shooting up, as a plant; run or grow up rapidly; spring up in growth.
    • ramp To rise for a leap or in leaping, as a wild beast; rear or spring up; prepare for or make a spring; jump violently. See rampant.
    • ramp To move with violent leaps or starts; jump or dash about; hence, to act passionately or violently; rage; storm; behave with insolence.
    • ramp To spring about or along gaily; frolic; gambol; flirt; romp. See romp.
    • ramp To hustle; rob with violence.
    • ramp To bend upward, as a piece of iron, to adapt it to the woodwork of a gate or the like.
    • n ramp A leap; a spring; a bound.
    • n ramp A rising passage or road; specifically (military), a gradual slope or ascent from the interior level of a fortification to the general level behind the parapet.
    • n ramp In masonry and carpentry, a concave bend or slope in the cap or upper member of any piece of ascending or descending workmanship, as in the coping of a wall; the concave sweep that connects the higher and lower parts of a railing at a half- or quarter-pace.
    • n ramp In architecture, etc., any slope or inclined plane, particularly an inclined plane affording communication between a higher and a lower level.
    • n ramp A coarse, frolicsome woman; a jade; a romp.
    • n ramp The garden rampion, or its root.
    • n ramp A highwayman; a robber.
    • n ramp In the game of pin-pool, a stroke by which all the pins but the center one are knocked down. A player making a ramp at any stage of the game wins the pool.
    • ramp Ramping; leaping; furiously swift or rushing.
    • ramp In architecture, to ascend or descend from one level to another: said of a wall.
    • ramp To be greedy, and noisy; to rampage.
    • ramp Mil., to make ramps on, as a bank or wall; furnish with ramps.
    • n ramp An inclined traveling platform or carrier for transferring freight from a boat to a dock or warehouse. It is essentially a hinged landing-bridge, in which one portion of the surface of the bridge is covered by a fixed flooring, while the rest is formed by the upper surface of an apron-conveyer covered with wooden slats. The men and trucks are carried upward on the conveyer and the men walk down the fixed floor with the empty trucks. In loading from the dock to an upper deck of the boat, or at high tide, the motion of the conveyer is reversed. The inshore end of the ramp is pivoted and the outboard end is suspended by chains (assisted by counterweights) from the dock-structure to allow for adjustment to the changes in tide level. See conveyer, 4, with cut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Ramp ramp to climb or creep up, as a plant: to leap or bound: to adapt a piece of iron to the woodwork of a gate
    • n Ramp a leap or bound: a gradual slope or inclined plane between one level and another: a concave bend at the top or cap of a railing, wall, or coping: a romp
    • v.i Ramp to storm or prance violently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Preceded by two trembling guns, McKegnie tiptoed to the ramp and peered down.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
I struck the ramp-like yielding surface of his shirt-bosom.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Then, with a stamp of his moccasined feet and a ramp of the butt of his musket, d'Iberville awakened the sleeping crew below decks.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
The other time it dived down seventy feet on a four-hundred-foot ramp.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The crew chief closed the ramp and punched a signal button.
"The Thirst Quenchers" by Rick Raphael
The ramp was down and all was darkness inside.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
Urg chose a ramp which led downward.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
A Lion, you know, is not all roar and ramp, So, STANLEY my hero, why worry and chivey?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 24, 1890" by Various
On the banners and standards from the roof and balustrades the Lion of Flanders ramps over their heads.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
At a quick pace they started down the ramp.
"The Women-Stealers of Thrayx" by Fox B. Holden

In poetry:

Her dainty acres he ramped through
And used her gentle doves with manners rude;
I do not know
What fury urged him slay
Her antelope who meant him naught but good.
"The Queen's Complaint" by Sylvia Plath
Unmodern, undistracted, by grassy ramp and fort,
In decency and order she holds her modest court;
She seems to have forgotten rapine and greed and strife,
In that unaging gladness and dignity of life.
"White Nassau" by Bliss William Carman
Oh, had I lived in the good old days,
When the Ichthyosaurus ramped around,
When the Elasmosaur swam the bays,
And the Sivatherium pawed the ground,
Would I have spent my precious time
At weaving golden thoughts in rhyme?
"Extinct Monsters" by Eugene Field
Down at the water's edge, at the place
where they haul up the boats, up the long ramp
descending into the water, thin silver
tree trunks are laid horizontally
across the gray stones, down and down
at intervals of four or five feet.
"At the Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Accidents involving aircraft on airport ramps remain one of the most expensive sources of claims for insurance companies.
He got to get in the National Guard hummer, took pictures, and got REALLY excited when John Cena came out on the ramp.
A New Way to Ramp Up Your Make-Out Session.
Off-Ramp for January 28, 2012.
There was trouble along I-10 Wednesday including a rollover at the entrance ramp going westbound from Houghton Rd.
For how much timing you run in the midrange you ramp it in too quickly at high RPM.
Before the antic­i­pated stunt, he thanked his brother, Dave, for build­ing him his first ramp.
As marketers wind down 2009, they're ramping up plans for social media in 2010.
Feeding the birds on my front ramp has presented a problem.
A portion of a Mall of America parking ramp has reopened more than a week after a deadly accident closed it down.
A "too tall" rental truck appears to have brought down a section of the parking ramp on the cab, killing one person.
The Eastern Avenue off-ramp on the westbound 10 Freeway remains closed.
The California Department of Transportation shut down the off-ramp Thursday night due to a mudslide .
There are two ramps that you can access from Delaware.
The US is ramping up its drone campaign in Afghanistan, Pakistan and soon America.

In science:

V is the turning point in the direction of the linear ramp, fixed by the mean energy e of the eigenstates under study.
Supporting random wave models: a quantum mechanical approach
As the external field is slowly ramped up from −∞ to ∞, we ask what fraction of spins are up at an intermediate applied field h.
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State
To this purpose the scattering length is set to zero by a fast magnetic-field ramp immediately before the expansion.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
FIG. 32: Time-of-flight images obtained after adiabatically ramping down the optical lattice.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Part b) of the figure illustrates t he flash time encoding of the digital output of a ramp (Wilkinson) comparator.
The PRO1 ASIC for Fast Wilkinson Encoding