What does ramp mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ramp, inclinenoun

    an inclined surface connecting two levels

  2. ramp, wild leek, Allium tricoccumnoun

    North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers

  3. rampverb

    a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft

  4. ramp, rage, stormverb

    behave violently, as if in state of a great anger

  5. rampverb

    furnish with a ramp

    "The ramped auditorium"

  6. rampverb

    be rampant

    "the lion is rampant in this heraldic depiction"

  7. rampverb

    creep up -- used especially of plants

    "The roses ramped over the wall"

  8. rampverb

    stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rampnoun

    Leap; spring.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He is vaulting variable ramps,
    In your despight, upon your purse. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The bold Ascalonite
    Fled from his lion ramp, old warriors turn’d
    Their plated backs under his heel. John Milton, Agonistes.

  2. To RAMPverb

    Etymology: ramper, French; rampare, Italian; rempen , Saxon.

    Foaming tarr, their bridles they would champ,
    And trampling the fine element, would fiercely ramp. F. Q.

    Out of the thickest wood
    A ramping lyon rushed suddenly,
    Hunting full greedy after savage blood. Fairy Queen.

    They gape upon me with their mouths; as a ramping and roaring lion. Psalm xxii. 13.

    Upon a bull, that deadly bellowed,
    Two horrid lions rampt, and seiz’d, and tugg’d off. George Chapman.

    Sporting the lion ramp’d; and in his paw
    Dandled the kid. John Milton.

    Furnished with claspers and tendrils, they catch hold of them, and so ramping upon trees, they mount up to a great height. John Ray, on the Creation.


  1. RAMP

    RAMP (an acronym for Roy Ayers Music Productions) was an American soul/jazz band from Cincinnati, Ohio. It was founded in 1976 by Roy Ayers, who was not a member of the group, though he did write and produce songs on their only album. The band consisted of Sharon Matthews and Sibel Thrasher on vocals, Landy Shores on guitar, Nate White on bass, and John Manuel on drums and percussion. The band is joined in the present day by Kia Bennett and Desiree Jordan. The group released one studio album, Come into Knowledge, subsequently considered a classic among rare-groove collectors, artists (such as Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Common, PM Dawn, Tyler the Creator, A Tribe Called Quest and many others who have used RAMP samples in their music) and Roy Ayers fans. Come into Knowledge was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and at Record Plant in Hollywood, California. The group was a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Ayers and Edwin Birdsong. Released in 1977 via ABC Blue Thumb, the set featured a version of Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" along with the 'rare groove' track "Daylight". The LP record release of the album commands very high prices. The album was eventually reissued and re-released on CD in 2007 by P-Vine Records in Japan and by Verve Records in Europe and the United States.The group split up shortly afterwards, but reformed in 2006 for new tours and recordings. RAMP performed on June 30, 2007, with Washington, D.C. jazz pianist Will Rast, at the Central Park SummerStage in New York City. RAMP member Sibel Thrasher died in April 2020. RAMP bassist Nate White died in January 2021.In 2008, the song "Daylight" featured Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional radio station The Vibe 98.8.


  1. ramp

    A ramp is a sloping surface that connects different levels or floors, typically used as an alternative to stairs to allow easy access for those with wheelchairs or other mobility issues, or for wheeled transport such as carts or vehicles. The incline can vary depending on its purpose and specific requirements for accessibility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rampverb

    to spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp

  2. Rampverb

    to move by leaps, or as by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence

  3. Rampverb

    to climb, as a plant; to creep up

  4. Rampnoun

    a leap; a spring; a hostile advance

  5. Rampnoun

    a highwayman; a robber

  6. Rampnoun

    a romping woman; a prostitute

  7. Rampnoun

    any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase

  8. Rampnoun

    a short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or cap changes its direction

  9. Rampnoun

    an inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels

  10. Etymology: [F. ramper to creep, OF., to climb; of German origin; cf. G. raffen to snatch, LG. & D. rapen. See Rap to snatch, and cf. Romp.]


  1. Ramp

    Ramp is a Portuguese heavy metal band. They began their career in 1989. Their heavy metal is more similar to that which is played in America, rather than its European counterpart. They are often called the "Portuguese Metallica". One feature they were always capable of maintaining throughout their albums is originality. The peak of their career was undeniably in 1998/99, with the album "EDR" and the following promotional tour. In 2003, they released their first self-produced record, entitled "Nude". Ramp is one of the most influential metal bands in Portugal. They have played on all main rock events in Portugal, namely 3 appearances on the summer rock festival Super Bock Super Rock, in Lisbon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ramp

    ramp, v.i. to climb or creep up, as a plant: to leap or bound: to adapt a piece of iron to the woodwork of a gate.—n. a leap or bound: a gradual slope or inclined plane between one level and another: a concave bend at the top or cap of a railing, wall, or coping: a romp.—adj. Rampā′cious=Rampageous (q.v.).—ns. Rampā′dgeon, a furious fellow; Ram′pāge, or Rampāge′, a state of passion or excitement.—v.i. to storm or prance violently.—adj. Rampā′geous, unruly: boisterous: glaring.—ns. Rampā′geousness; Rampall′ian (Shak.), a mean wretch; Ramp′er, a ruffian who infests race-courses; Ramps′man (slang), a highway robber. [Fr. ramper, to creep, to clamber; from the Teut.; cf. Low Ger. rappen, to snatch, Ger. raffen.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ramp

    An oblique or sloping interior road to mount the terreplein of the rampart.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ramp

    An oblique or sloping interior road to mount the terre-plein of the rampart.

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  2. RAMP

    What does RAMP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the RAMP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RAMP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ramp is ranked #37076 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ramp surname appeared 602 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ramp.

    92.3% or 556 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.8% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramp in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ramp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ramp in a Sentence

  1. David Brewster:

    India sees the presence of any Chinese naval vessel as an intrusion. There is a big ramp-up in their presence, which is clearly intended to send a message to India.

  2. Theresa Purcell:

    There was a ramp right next to the plane and she was like, ‘Oh, it’s too late,’ so I was like ‘Okay, so we can’t just, the ramp is right there. Can’t you guys just push it right here so I can get on?’ and she’s like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry.

  3. Debra Forman:

    It's not enough to work with a child with autism, because we need the community to accept them, you would never show someone how to use a wheelchair and then not have a ramp.

  4. Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine:

    The shots were fired on the west ramp, it was not shot in the arena or in the football area where the stands were at, but it was here on the exit ramp coming out of the stadium.

  5. Tim Cook of Apple:

    When you look at the parts that are done in China, we have reopened factories, so the factories were able to work through the conditions to reopen. They're reopening. They're also in ramp, and so I think of this as sort of the third phase of getting back to normal. And we're in phase three of the ramp mode.

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