Ramp

Definition of Ramp

Pronunciation: rămp
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Ramped (rămt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Ramping.]
1.To spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp.
2.To move by leaps, or as by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence.
Their bridles they would champ,
And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp.
- Spenser.
3.To climb, as 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.
- Ray.
n.1.A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.
The bold Ascalonite
Fled from his lion ramp.
- Milton.
2.A highwayman; a robber.
3.A romping woman; a prostitute.
4.(Arch.) Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase.
5.(Fort.) An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.

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