Definition of "ramp" [ramp]

  • An inclined surface or roadway connecting different levels. (noun)
  • A mobile staircase by which passengers board and leave an aircraft. (noun)
  • A concave bend of a handrail where a sharp change in level or direction occurs, as at a stair landing. (noun)
  • To act threateningly or violently; rage. (verb-intransitive)
  • To assume a threatening stance. (verb-intransitive)
  • A sloping floor, path, etc, that joins two surfaces at different levels (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A movable stairway by which passengers enter and leave an aircraft (noun)
  • The act of ramping (noun)
  • A swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices (noun)
  • (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner (verb)
  • To act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage) (verb)
  • To buy (a security) in the market with the object of raising its price and enhancing the image of the company behind it for financial gain (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ramp" in a sentence
  • "At the end of the ramp is a security booth and a guard who turns away motorists not employed by or officially visiting the NSA."
  • "It was what we called our ramp program where we always looked after every disaster, every incident at remedial actions and what we could do to improve things."
  • "Changes include dropping a direct ramp from the Arboretum to eastbound 520 and the section across Portage Bay, from the Montlake Interchange to I-5, would be narrower and a have a slower, 45-mph speed limit."