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[n] an inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another
[n] a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft
[n] North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers
[v] stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
[v] as of a snake
[v] creep up -- used esp. of plants; "The roses ramped over the wall"
[v] be rampant, as of a beast in a heraldic depiction
[v] furnish with a ramp; "The ramped auditorium"
[v] behave violently, as if in a great rage

Misc. Definitions

\Ramp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ramped} (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ramping}.] [F. ramper to creep, OF., to climb; of German origin; cf. G. raffen to snatch, LG. & D. rapen. See {Rap} to snatch, and cf. Romp.]
1. To spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp.
2. To move by leaps, or by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence. Their bridles they would champ, And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp. --Spenser.
3. To climb, as a plant; to creep up. With claspers and tendrils, they [plants] catch hold, . . . and so ramping upon trees, they mount up to a great height. --Ray.
\Ramp\, n.
1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance. The bold Ascalonite Fled from his lion ramp. --Milton.
2. A highwayman; a robber. [Prov. Eng.]
3. A romping woman; a prostitute. [Obs.] --Lyly.
4. [F. rampe.] (Arch.) (a) Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase. (b) A short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or cap changes its direction.
5. [F. rampe.] (Fort.) An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.

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