from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Extending unchecked; unrestrained: a rampant growth of weeds in the neglected yard.
- adj. Occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife: a rampant epidemic; rampant corruption in city government.
- adj. Rearing on the hind legs.
- adj. Heraldry Rearing on the left hind leg with the forelegs elevated, the right above the left, and usually with the head in profile.
- adj. Architecture Springing from a support or an abutment that is higher at one side than at the other: a rampant arch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended
- adj. : rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
- adj. tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other.
- adj. unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
- adj. rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Ramping; leaping; springing; rearing upon the hind legs; hence, raging; furious.
- adj. Ascending; climbing; rank in growth; exuberant.
- adj. Rising with fore paws in the air as if attacking; -- said of a beast of prey, especially a lion. The right fore leg and right hind leg should be raised higher than the left.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Climbing or springing unchecked; rank in growth; exuberant: as, rampant weeds.
- Overleaping restraint or usual limits; unbridled; unrestricted.
- Ramping; rearing.
- In heraldry, rising with both fore legs elevated, the dexter uppermost, and the head seen sidewise, the dexter hind leg also higher than the sinister, as if the weight of the creature were borne upon the latter: noting a lion or other beast of prey. Also ramping, effrayé. See also cut under affronté.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile
- adj. unrestrained and violent
- adj. (of a plant) having a lush and unchecked growth
Middle English rampaunt, from Old French rampant, present participle of ramper, to ramp; see ramp2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1382, "standing on the hind legs" (as in heraldry), later, "fierce, ravenous" (1387); from Old French rampant, the past present participle of ramper ("to creep, climb") (Wiktionary)