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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.
To decrease in volume, amount, or rate: As the project ramped down, several employees were laid off.
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.]
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 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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1. to decrease or cause to decrease
2. (intr) to decrease the effort involved in a process
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