Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inclined surface or roadway connecting different levels.
  • n. A mobile staircase by which passengers board and leave an aircraft.
  • n. A concave bend of a handrail where a sharp change in level or direction occurs, as at a stair landing.
  • intransitive v. To act threateningly or violently; rage.
  • intransitive v. To assume a threatening stance.
  • intransitive v. Heraldry To stand in the rampant position.
  • n. A plant (Allium tricoccum) related to onions and leeks, having edible underground stems and found in the eastern United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inclined surface that connects two levels; an incline.
  • n. A mobile staircase that is attached to the doors of an airliner at an airport.
  • n. A construction used to do skating tricks, usually in the form of part of a pipe.
  • v. To behave violently; to rage.
  • v. To stand in a rampant position.
  • v. To change value, often at a steady rate
  • n. An American plant, Allium tricoccum, related to the onion; a wild leek.
  • n. A promiscuous man or woman; a general insult for a worthless person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.
  • n. A highwayman; a robber.
  • n. A romping woman; a prostitute.
  • n.
  • n. Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase.
  • n. A short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or cap changes its direction.
  • n. An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.
  • intransitive v. To spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp.
  • intransitive v. To move by leaps, or as by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence.
  • intransitive v. To climb, as a plant; to creep up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rise by climbing or shooting up, as a plant; run or grow up rapidly; spring up in growth.
  • 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.
  • To move with violent leaps or starts; jump or dash about; hence, to act passionately or violently; rage; storm; behave with insolence.
  • To spring about or along gaily; frolic; gambol; flirt; romp. See romp.
  • To hustle; rob with violence.
  • To bend upward, as a piece of iron, to adapt it to the woodwork of a gate or the like.
  • Ramping; leaping; furiously swift or rushing.
  • In architecture, to ascend or descend from one level to another: said of a wall.
  • To be greedy, and noisy; to rampage.
  • Mil., to make ramps on, as a bank or wall; furnish with ramps.
  • n. A leap; a spring; a bound.
  • n. 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. 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. In architecture, etc., any slope or inclined plane, particularly an inclined plane affording communication between a higher and a lower level.
  • n. A coarse, frolicsome woman; a jade; a romp.
  • n. The garden rampion, or its root.
  • n. A highwayman; a robber.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An inclined traveling platform or carrier for transferring freight from a boat to a dock or warehouse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. creep up -- used especially of plants
  • n. an inclined surface connecting two levels
  • v. stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
  • v. furnish with a ramp
  • v. behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
  • n. North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers
  • v. be rampant
  • n. a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft

Etymologies

French rampe, from ramper, to slope, rise up, from Old French; see ramp2.
Middle English rampen, from Old French ramper, to rear, rise up, of Germanic origin.
Variant of rams, from Middle English ramse, from Old English hramsa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French rampe, back-formation of Old French ramper, from Frankish *rampon ("to contract oneself"), akin to Old High German rimpfan (German rümpfen ("to wrinkle up")). Compare Danish rimpe ("to fold" (archaic), "to baste"), Icelandic rimpa. (Wiktionary)
See ramson (Wiktionary)

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  • I suppose WordNet 1 is getting at the verb from which rampage is derived but I've never heard it.

    September 13, 2008