\ ˈramp How to pronounce ramp (audio) \
ramped; ramping; ramps

Definition of ramp

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : to stand or advance menacingly with forelegs or with arms raised
b : to move or act furiously
2 : to creep up used especially of plants
3 : to speed up, expand, or increase especially quickly or at a constant rate used with upramping up to full speed

transitive verb

[ramp entry 4 (electrical waveform)] : to increase, expand, or decrease especially quickly or at a constant rate usually used with up or downramp up production

Definition of ramp (Entry 2 of 4)

: the act or an instance of ramping

Definition of ramp (Entry 3 of 4)

: any of various alliums used for food

Definition of ramp (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a sloping way or plane: such as
a : a sloping floor, walk, or roadway leading from one level to another
b : a slope for launching boats

First Known Use of ramp


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1671, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1826, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ramp


Middle English, from Anglo-French ramper to crawl, climb, rear, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rimpfan to bend, wrinkle — more at rumple

Noun (2)

back-formation from ramps, alteration of rams, from Middle English, from Old English hramsa; akin to Old High German ramusia ramp, Greek krommyon onion

Noun (3)

French rampe, from ramper, from Middle French

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“Ramp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramp. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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Kids Definition of ramp

: a sloping passage or roadway connecting different levels a highway exit ramp

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