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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ One wall hides an access ramp.
▪ The criminals also sold a chemical compound they claimed the law mandated to make made wheelchair access ramps and floors slip resistant.
▪ The Embarcadero Freeway and its access ramps no longer throw a shadow on the waterfront.
▪ I hit a patch of ice as I entered the ramp to the expressway.
▪ Ah, the stink of the ramp.
▪ Eventually it is intended to remove the ramp which presently gives access to the pattern room.
▪ She eased her speed to turn off to the ramp.
▪ Sure I bumped my stump, showing off how mobile I am and how cunningly I have converted all stairs to ramps.
▪ The back of the truck was flung open, a ramp was let down, and the loading began.
▪ The next day she was gone and the next night I was back on the ramp.
▪ To the right there was a ramp down to a double garage on basement level.
▪ The erosion was anticipated because of Sparcstation 10 Model 41 shortages and the cost of ramping up new product production.
▪ Research on the station will ramp up slower than expected because of smaller crews and limited resources.
▪ Research on the station will ramp up slower than expected because of smaller crews and limited resources.
▪ Small quantities are already being sampled and volume production starts to ramp in January.
▪ So there will always be ramping.
▪ The erosion was anticipated because of Sparcstation 10 Model 41 shortages and the cost of ramping up new product production.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ramp \Ramp\ (r[a^]mp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ramped (r[a^]mt; 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 as by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence.

    Their bridles they would champ, And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp.

  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.


Ramp \Ramp\, n.

  1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.

    The bold Ascalonite Fled from his lion ramp.

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

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

  4. [F. rampe.] (Arch.)

    1. Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase.

    2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.). Compare 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" (compare 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.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An inclined surface that connects two levels; an incline. 2 A road that connects a freeway to a surface street or another freeway. 3 (context aviation English) A mobile staircase that is attached to the doors of an aircraft at an airport 4 (context aviation English) A place where an aircraft parks, next to a terminal, for loading and unloading (see also apron) 5 (context skating English) A construction used to do skating tricks, usually in the form of part of a pipe. 6 A speed bump vb. 1 To behave violently; to rage. 2 To spring; to leap; to bound, rear, or prance; to move swiftly or violently. 3 To climb, like a plant; to creep up. 4 To stand in a rampant position. (rfex) 5 (context intransitive English) To change value, often at a steady rate Etymology 2

n. 1 An American plant, (taxlink Allium tricoccum species noshow=1), related to the onion; a wild leek. 2 (context Appalachia English) A promiscuous man or woman; a general insult for a worthless person.

  1. n. an inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another [syn: incline]

  2. North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers [syn: wild leek, Allium tricoccum]

  3. a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft

  1. v. behave violently, as if in state of a great anger [syn: rage, storm]

  2. furnish with a ramp; "The ramped auditorium"

  3. be rampant; "the lion is rampant in this heraldic depiction"

  4. creep up -- used especially of plants; "The roses ramped over the wall"

  5. stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing


RAMP was an American soul/ jazz band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Andy Kellman glosses the band's name as "Roy Ayers Music Productions"; others have interpreted it as "Roy Ayers Music Project" - but Ayers was not a member, though he did write and produce songs on the group's debut album.

The group released one album, Come Into Knowledge (1977), subsequently considered a classic among rare-groove collectors, artists (such as PM Dawn and A Tribe Called Quest who have used RAMP samples in their music) and Roy Ayers fans. Featuring the vocals of Sharon Matthews and Sibel Thrasher, the album was recorded in New York and California. The group was a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong. Released in 1977, the set featured a version of Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" along with the 'rare groove' track "Daylight". The 12" vinyl release of the album used to (and still does) command very high prices as the album had originally never been released on any other format. The album was eventually re-released on CD in 2007.

The group split up shortly afterwards, but reformed in 2006 for new tours and recordings. RAMP performed June 30, 2007, with Washington, DC, jazz pianist Will Rast at Central Park SummerStage in New York City.

In 2008, the song "Daylight" featured Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional radio station The Vibe 98.8.

Usage examples of "ramp".

For some unknown purpose mechs had furrowed and shaped the rough hillsides into tight, angular sheets and oblique ramps.

Gold Ambon moved to the ramp and drew her into the scintillating folds of his robe as if to shield her from all harm.

But her last forlorn glance down from the head of the ramp had been of Gold Ambon standing there in the middle of the black-and-white diamonds of the rotunda, looking up at her with miserable reproachful eyes.

Josh saw Captain Balone had just confirmed the aft launch ramp doors were closed and locked.

As she coasted up the on ramp to the parkway, she reached the part in her narrative where Barth had gotten squirrelly and sped away from the Clinton pullout.

As Bester vanished along the below-ground ramp, he sauntered towards a solid bench planted a hundred yards away.

He walked to the base of the ramp, then to the dark blotchy stain Mark had found.

I reckoned anywhere trees grew I could scramble up, so I followed ramps of trees winding up through brecciated battlements, ducking under the branches.

He lifted himself onto the expressway platform, made his way through the standees to the tight spiral ramp that led to the upper level, and there sat down.

Walking across the floor, with Kelp still behind him, he went down a concrete ramp past another parking level with more dusty cars, and at the third level down walked out past a lot of less dusty cars to a brown Volkswagen Microbus with red side curtains.

Apart from the oddly shaped face just barely visible through the dark visor, the creature descending the ramp might almost have been a slightly misproportioned human.

Cole saw Morillo, one of the youngest men on staff, leap up on the ramp.

They joined the crowd moving toward the ramp, and in a few minutes emerged into the nightglow of the hollow.

A ladder ramp meant to accommodate an outrushing full riot squad folded down out of the fuselage like a backhand return.

His plan was simple: Very early tomorrow morning, he would drive the propane truck up the ramp to the top deck of that garage and park it next to the outer wall on the alley side of the building.