ramp down

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ramp 1

1. An inclined surface or roadway connecting different levels.
2. A mobile staircase by which passengers board and leave an aircraft.
3. A concave bend of a handrail where a sharp change in level or direction occurs, as at a stair landing.
Phrasal Verbs:
ramp down
To decrease in volume, amount, or rate: As the project ramped down, several employees were laid off.
ramp up
To increase in volume, amount, or rate: The factory ramped up production to meet the increased demand.

[French rampe, from ramper, to slope, rise up, from Old French; see ramp2.]

ramp 2

intr.v. ramped, ramp·ing, ramps
1. To rush around or act in a threatening or violent manner.
2. To assume a threatening stance, as in rearing up on hindlegs.
3. Heraldry To stand in the rampant position.

[Middle English rampen, from Old French ramper, to rear, rise up, of Germanic origin.]

ramp n.

ramp 3

 (rămp) also ramps (rămps)
A plant (Allium tricoccum) of the eastern United States having small bulbs and young leaves that are edible and have a pungent onionlike flavor. Also called wild leek.

[Variant of rams, from Middle English ramse, from Old English hramsa.]

ramp down

vb (adverb)
1. to decrease or cause to decrease
2. (intr) to decrease the effort involved in a process
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According to Eltel, the closure of PTI is, in certain projects, going faster than planned and it is estimated that the total financial effect will be somewhat lower than the previously estimated ramp down expenses of EUR40m of which EUR27.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said temperatures will "slowly ramp down through the week".
Earlier this month, the number two player with 20% market share, Johns Manville, experienced a glass leak at one of its insulation plants that caused at least one line to come offline and ramp down, Jefferies analyst Philip Ng tells investors in a research note.
Then we noticed the paddle board instructor coming towards us from shore and at the same time noticed the ferry had stopped and was turning towards us with the ramp down.
With just one week to go until key services begin to ramp down ahead of the move, hospital staff are asking the public for their support and patience in the coming weeks.
By delivering low-temperature process fluid to the handler at a higher cooling capacity, the chiller cuts the handler ramp down time to a -40[degrees]C test point to nearly half the time of previous systems.
Murray said McDonnell "should really ramp down the rhetoric a little bit".
The moon on the ramp, the glow of the snow, / Could someone be skating the ramp down below?
The basic process parameters are forming rate, target upset force, dwell and ramp down rate.
Now, jobs are under threat again as Anglesey Aquaculture Limited (AAL) has decided to ramp down its sea bass production.
In October the financial organisation said that investment banking had dallen nearly a fifth and it was going to ramp down the rates business with the intention of lowering risky assets by USD7bn and leverage by USD60bn.
There is a ramp down making it easy for all to enter the hall.