ramp

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Etymology 1[edit]

From French rampe, back-formation of Old French ramper, from Frankish *rampon (to contract oneself), akin to Old High German rimpfan (German rümpfen (to wrinkle up)). Compare Danish rimpe (to fold" (archaic), "to baste), Icelandic rimpa.

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ramp (plural ramps)

  1. An inclined surface that connects two levels; an incline.
  2. A road that connects a freeway to a surface street or another freeway.
  3. (aviation) A mobile staircase that is attached to the doors of an aircraft at an airport
  4. (aviation) A place where an aircraft parks, next to a terminal, for loading and unloading (see also apron)
  5. (skating) A construction used to do skating tricks, usually in the form of part of a pipe.
  6. A speed bump
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ramp (third-person singular simple present ramps, present participle ramping, simple past and past participle ramped)

  1. To behave violently; to rage.
  2. To spring; to leap; to bound, rear, or prance; to move swiftly or violently.
    • Spenser
      Their bridles they would champ, / And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp.
  3. To climb, like a plant; to creep up.
    • Ray
      With claspers and tendrils, they [plants] catch hold, [] and so ramping upon trees, they mount up to a great height.
  4. To stand in a rampant position.
  5. (intransitive) To change value, often at a steady rate
    • 2007, Sean Meyn, Control Techniques for Complex Networks (page 285)
      If Q(t) < qp then primary generation ramps up at maximal rate, subject to the constraint that Q(t) does not exceed this threshold.
    • 2011, Sheng Liu, Yong Liu, Modeling and Simulation for Microelectronic Packaging Assembly
      The forces are ramped down gradually to ensure that element removal has a smooth effect on the model.
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ramp - Allium tricoccum

See ramson.

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ramp (plural ramps)

  1. An American plant, Allium tricoccum, related to the onion; a wild leek.
    • 2006, Su Clauson-Wicker, Off the Beaten Path West Virginia, volume 6‎:
      A ramp is a potently flavored wild scallion, a vegetable with staying power.
  2. (Appalachia) A promiscuous man or woman; a general insult for a worthless person.
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch ramp (misfortune). Related to rimpel (wrinkle). In the 19th century, the grammatical gender of the word was a matter of debate. It was finally standardized as feminine, departing from its historical masculine gender.

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ramp f (plural rampen, diminutive rampje n)

  1. disaster
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From English ramp.

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ramp m (plural ramps, diminutive rampje n)

  1. (skating) A construction to do skating tricks, usually in the form of one half of a pipe, a half-pipe.

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Related to rimpel (wrinkle).

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ramp m

  1. bird claw disease, bird cramp
  2. epilepsy, (human) cramp
  3. disaster, misfortune