Pronunciation Noun

ramp (plural ramps)

  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. (aviation) A mobile staircase that is attached to the doors of an aircraft at an airport
  4. (aviation) A large parking area in an airport for aircraft, for loading and unloading or for storage (see also apron)
  5. (skating) A construction used to do skating tricks, usually in the form of part of a pipe.
  6. A speed bump.
  7. (obsolete) A leap or bound.
  8. A concave bend at the top or cap of a railing, wall, or coping; a romp.
Translations Translations Verb

ramp (ramps, present participle ramping; past and past participle ramped)

  1. To behave violently; to rage.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XII, p. 196,
      Mick raged and ramped at the barred door till his voice failed,
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To spring; to leap; to bound, rear, or prance; to move swiftly or violently.
    • Their bridles they would champ, / And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To climb, like 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.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To stand in a rampant position.
  5. (ambitransitive) To (cause to) change value, often at a steady rate.
    • 2007, Sean Meyn, Control Techniques for Complex Networks (page 285)
      If Q(t) < qp then primary generation ramps up at maximal rate, subject to the constraint that Q(t) does not exceed this threshold.
    • 2011, Sheng Liu, Yong Liu, Modeling and Simulation for Microelectronic Packaging Assembly
      The forces are ramped down gradually to ensure that element removal has a smooth effect on the model.
  6. To adapt a piece of iron to the woodwork of a gate.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: неи́стовствовать
  • French: ramper
  • Russian: стоя́ть на за́дних ла́пах

ramp (plural ramps)

  1. An American plant, Allium tricoccum, related to the onion; a wild leek.
  2. (Appalachia) A promiscuous man or woman; a general insult for a worthless person.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: oignon sauvage, ail des bois, poireau sauvage
  • Spanish: puerro salvaje

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