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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In light of this announcement from PHS, UMC management will need to reevaluate the Company's business plan for 2004, and focus on reducing expense as the revenues from PHS ramp down, while continuing to aggressively pursue new business.
The plan of development for 2005 will take the ramp down to a depth of 270 meters.
UMC management expects to continue to receive placements of day one claims and accounts from BSH through April 15, 2005, after which we expect revenue from BSH to ramp down rapidly.
We have initiated Phase II, which includes advancing the ramp down another 30 metres to develop a third level, which will enable continued test mining of the deposit.
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In the HIV therapeutic area, we are concentrating our resources on PRO 140, in light of the positive data from this phase 1 study, and we will ramp down our development efforts on PRO 542, our other HIV product candidate," explained Dr.
The plant features the latest super critical technology and was tested at full load of 700 MW continuously for 72 hours without any interruption and later it underwent 2 sets of ramp up and ramp down tests before awarding commercial operation status by engineers, said, Mr Chaudhri.
The net result of the settlement agreement for LIPA is some added unrestricted cash for the near term to help offset the high cost of fuel, lower management services fees for the long term which modestly improves rate flexibility, and maintenance of ramp down option in the power supply contract to allow LIPA to replace Keyspan power purchases with lower cost alternatives if available.
Management estimates that UMC will continue to generate revenue from this contract through July 31, 2000 consistent with revenues generated on a monthly basis through June 30, 2000, and thereafter, rapidly ramp down through the remainder of the year.
Subsequently the plant had to undergo two sets of ramp up and ramp down tests.
If the company proceeds with its stated plan, ramp down would begin no later than October 31, 2006 and closure would occur no earlier than December 31, 2006.