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


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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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See ramson



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