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ramp 1

 (rămp)
n.
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

 (rămp)
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)
n.
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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will be ramped down during the course of the year and eventually closed as existing customer orders are fulfilled.
If these payments are going to be ramped down, timber harvests (on federal land) have to be ramped up.
With one trolley packer unavailable, the throughput rating of the other packer is insufficient; therefore the filler speed needs to be ramped down to compensate for this packing capacity shortfall.
We can endlessly pull them up and down, in and out and nor expect to hurt them, But when we come full circle and it's time to ramp back up as hard and fast as we may have ramped down, we may get what we asked for: an unresponsive and sluggish labor market that does not give us the kind of people we or our clients want.
With sufficient storage capacity now in place, the city's current CIP has ramped down by over 60% from its prior fiscal 2009-2013 CIP.