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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ramp \Ramp\ (r[a^]mp), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Ramped} (r[a^]mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ramping}.] [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. 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ramp \Ramp\, noun

1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.

The bold Ascalonite Fled from his lion ramp. --Milton.

2. A highwayman; a robber. [Prov. Eng.]

3. A romping woman; a prostitute. [Obs.] --Lyly.

4. [F. rampe.] (Arch.) (a) Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase. (b) A short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or cap changes its direction.

5. [F. rampe.] (Fort.) An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ramp

noun

1: an inclined surface connecting two levels [syn: {ramp}, {incline}]

2: North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers [syn: {ramp}, {wild leek}, {Allium tricoccum}]

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

verb

1: behave violently, as if in state of a great anger [syn: {ramp}, {rage}, {storm}]

2: furnish with a ramp; "The ramped auditorium"

3: be rampant; "the lion is rampant in this heraldic depiction"

4: creep up -- used especially of plants; "The roses ramped over the wall"

5: stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing


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