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ramp

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verb \ ˈramp \

Definition of ramp

intransitive verb
1 a :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 up
  • ramping up to full speed
transitive verb
[4ramp (electrical waveform)]
:to increase, expand, or decrease especially quickly or at a constant rate usually used with up or down
  • ramp up production

Origin and Etymology of 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


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ramp

noun

Definition of ramp

:the act or an instance of ramping

First Known Use of ramp

1671


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ramp

noun

Definition of ramp

:any of various alliums used for food

Origin and Etymology of ramp

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

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ramp

noun

Definition of ramp

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
2 :apron 2h

Origin and Etymology of ramp

French rampe, from ramper, from Middle French

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RAMP Defined for Kids

ramp

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noun \ ˈramp \

Definition of ramp for Students

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


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