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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.]
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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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Based on the district's long-term financial plan, annual capital needs begin to ramp down in fiscal 2022, with all costs related to the new permit anticipated to be incurred by fiscal 2025.
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Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said temperatures will "slowly ramp down through the week".
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.
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