rampant

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Recorded since 1382, "standing on the hind legs" (as in heraldry), later, "fierce, ravenous" (1387); from Old French rampant, the past present participle of ramper (to creep, climb)

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rampant (comparative more rampant, superlative most rampant)

  1. (originally) Rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.
    • The Vienna riding school displays splendid rampant movement.
  2. (heraldry) Rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
    • Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved
      little pieces of moustache on his upper lip, like a pair of minnows rampant
  3. (architecture) Tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other, or a vault whose two abutments are located on an inclined plane.
  4. Unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
    • Weeds are rampant in any neglected garden.
    • 2012 March 1, William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter, “The British Longitude Act Reconsidered”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 87: 
      Conditions were horrendous aboard most British naval vessels at the time. Scurvy and other diseases ran rampant, killing more seamen each year than all other causes combined, including combat.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "Man City 4-1 Man Utd", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013:
      In contrast to the despair of his opposite number, it was a day of delight for new City boss Manuel Pellegrini as he watched the rampant Blues make a powerful statement about their Premier League ambitions.
  5. Rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.
    • There was rampant corruption in the city.

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rampant

  1. Present participle of ramper.

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rampant m (feminine rampante, masculine plural rampants, feminine plural rampantes)

  1. (heraldry) rampant
  2. (architecture) tilted
  3. humbly inclined
  4. (botany) extending over the ground rather then climbing upward
  5. (literature) base; common
  6. (military) stranded on the ground as opposed to flying staff

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rampant m

  1. (heraldry) rampant

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