Ramp v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ramped 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.
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.]
4. 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. Fort. An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.
n 1: an inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one
level to another [syn: incline]
2: North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish
flowers [syn: wild leek, Allium tricoccum]
3: a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an
v 1: behave violently, as if in state of a great anger [syn: rage,
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