Meaning of ramp in English:


Pronunciation /ramp/

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  • 1A sloping surface joining two different levels, as at the entrance or between floors of a building.

    ‘a wheelchair ramp’
    • ‘Michelle rolled my wheelchair up the ramp on the stage, and I got to the microphone.’
    • ‘The temple rises from the valley floor in three colonnaded terraces connected by ramps.’
    • ‘They would also like to see the playground levelled and a ramp installed.’
    • ‘The Romans were fond of building enormous ramps to allow them to walk over the walls of an enemy's strong point.’
    • ‘We raised the level of the veranda to the first floor level and incorporated ramps into the new veranda's design.’
    • ‘Some of the original buildings were connected inside, with ramps to accommodate the varying floor levels.’
    • ‘Mrs Agnes Simms, of Holme Mill Lane, had been trying to get a wheelchair ramp fitted in her garden for the past three years.’
    • ‘To achieve this, he used a variable balance of forms, with columns, terraces, ramps and screens in a range of colours.’
    • ‘A gently sloping pathway to a lower garden area works as a wheelchair ramp, but it also makes a great road for Amrita's tricycle.’
    • ‘I threw the gun away and ran up the ramp to the second floor.’
    • ‘The funds will be used to develop the area at the back of the community hall into a recreational area incorporating ramps for wheelchair users.’
    • ‘The tree provides structural support for the ramp and platform through the use of a cable, arch, and railing suspension system.’
    • ‘Remember that ramps require a building permit, and the construction specifications can vary widely between jurisdictions.’
    • ‘Any money raised on Saturday at the Scout Hall will be put towards a disabled toilet and wheelchair ramps at the venue.’
    • ‘They also arrange for home remodeling, such as building ramps for wheelchairs, and, in some areas, curb-to-curb transportation.’
    • ‘All the amenities are there, and Church House only needs a short wheelchair ramp to the entrance door and is more useful than any of the proposed annexes which would be built on to the church.’
    • ‘Some were housed in normal laboratory cages, while others stayed in more interesting pens, with multiple levels, ramps, bridges, tunnels and even a climbing chain.’
    • ‘Picnic tables are built with supports and ramps to the entrance and guide rails are provided all round.’
    • ‘A total of ten ramps connect the three levels, creating spatial continuity and flow.’
    slope, sloping surface, bank, incline, inclined plane, gradient, grade, tilt, angle
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    1. 1.1A movable set of steps for entering or leaving an aircraft.
      ‘I stumbled up the boarding ramp and entered the code sequence that would open the main hatch for me.’
      • ‘There was no flying, of course, as the ramps, runways and aircraft were also ice covered.’
      • ‘They hoist their bags on to the ramp, step up into the back of the aircraft and pass their bags forward to the cargo hold.’
      • ‘As we approached the ramp, the aircraft started to pull to the left.’
      • ‘Firefighters used fire hoses to clean the aircraft and the ramp.’
      • ‘Jaini took a step down the ramp when it fully extended itself.’
      • ‘Gregory and I stepped off the ramp as I greeted my guests.’
      • ‘‘Lu, keep in touch,’ Andy said over the crowd as he made his way down the ramp.’
      • ‘He jumped down the ramp two steps at a time, and took a few quick steps toward the airport before checking himself and turning around.’
      • ‘They proposed an immediate increase in the numbers of federal air marshals on flights and in airports, extra screening of passengers and baggage and more restrictive access to ramps leading to the aircraft.’
      • ‘The technique is not recommended for delicate equipment and the trick is to complete the offload without tipping the aircraft on its tail and damaging the ramp.’
      • ‘The aircraft finished final checks, taxied from the ramp toward the taxiway and proceeded to ruin my day.’
    2. 1.2British A transverse ridge in a road to control the speed of vehicles.
      ‘Paddy O'Callaghan said that adults and children were crossing the road on a speed ramp.’
      • ‘Controversial speed ramps at the Woodstock Service Station in Athy will be lowered.’
      • ‘If we cannot control this, we're going to have to have ramps on all the roads.’
      • ‘Two speed ramps will be constructed at the Ardreigh Road from the railway bridge up to the Carlow Road.’
      • ‘Since Horse Close was equipped with speed ramps, this estate has not been utilised as much as before.’
      • ‘He turned off at high speed towards Dunton, near Laindon, and totally ignored speed ramps in one road.’
      • ‘Speeding traffic and parking was also an issue with Martin Kavanagh who wanted ramps to control speeding and lots of them.’
      • ‘He said that he and his fellow councillors had been pressing the county council to install speed ramps at Manor Road, but to no avail.’
      • ‘But former councillor Jo Price who lives at the bottom of High Street said the ramps controlled speeding drivers.’
      • ‘Speed ramps along College Road, put in to try and dissuade boy racers who use the road to cut from one side of the town to the other, have been branded useless.’
      • ‘Perhaps if the council used the funding it has wasted on installing speed ramps all around the estate, its maths might have added up to a better figure.’
      • ‘The volume and speed of traffic through the North Sligo town has led to increased calls for pedestrian crossings and speed ramps from local people.’
      • ‘But the ramps on the Woodhead road are far in excess of what might be needed, and completely ‘over the top’.’
      • ‘He has also said that speed ramps must be introduced to the street to calm the traffic that passes through.’
      • ‘Last Wednesday night, the news came through that the speed ramps will be put in by the end of November.’
      • ‘Speed ramps were introduced during the last week in some of the residential areas of the town.’
      • ‘Well here was a proposal to put speed ramps in Cartron already agreed to in the past couple of months.’
      • ‘The letter noted that if ramps and speed limits signs within a housing development were deemed necessary the planning service would impose such a condition on the planning approval.’
      • ‘Speaking to a local resident, the issue of the new speed ramps came up.’
      • ‘He also said that speed ramps were not appropriate but were a last resort as a speed control.’
    3. 1.3North American An inclined slip road leading on to or off a main road or motorway.
      ‘an exit ramp’
      • ‘It depicted a Jaguar, facing the exit ramp of the Main Street bridge.’
      • ‘Local roads, turn lanes and inter-change ramps, rest areas, and highway approaches were part of the improvement as well.’
      • ‘The exit ramp from the motorway took me down to a set of lights, sadly however it took everyone else down too and a queue of vehicles was waiting to get through the lights.’
      • ‘Still others lobby for new roads, new highway exit ramps or new airports.’
      • ‘But without that choice, you're on a circular highway without any exit ramps.’
      • ‘They also located individual subway and railroad stations and identified the entrance and exit ramps on the Moscow Ring Road, the automobile beltway that encircled the city.’
      • ‘At the end of the exit ramp, go left for one-quarter mile to Forest Service Road 4832 and turn right.’
      • ‘Brian flicked his blinker signal and descended the exit ramp.’
      • ‘As a young police officer I remember finding a car parked in the middle of the entry ramp to the interstate highway.’
      • ‘People shuffled out of his way, but finally he had to stop about halfway up the exit ramp leading to the overpass.’
      • ‘This impedes movement of oncoming traffic, which builds up along the main ramp of the flyover.’
      • ‘I walked down the on ramp from the deserted avenue and continued walking down the highway.’
      • ‘And seven people were arrested when they temporarily blocked an exit ramp off Interstate 280 in San Francisco.’
      • ‘It had gotten dark early and the wind was howling and the rain was pouring as he mounted the ramp to the freeway that would take him home.’
      • ‘One night a drunk driver mistook our driveway for a freeway ramp and stumbled into our basement.’
      • ‘The convoy's lead vehicles served to clear the route and prevent vehicles from entering from side streets, ramps, and other approaches.’
      • ‘He got into the left turning lane and drove onto the on ramp and onto the freeway.’
      • ‘My car broke down on the way home, within a hundred yards of an entrance ramp to the interstate.’
      • ‘Dad turned the car onto an exit ramp and entered a very nice neighborhood, one that you would see in an expensive part of California.’
      • ‘The buildings began to thin out as they left the industrial sector of the city and entered onto a ramp that would take them to the freeway and towards Chris's house.’
    4. 1.4
      another term for catwalk (sense 1)
  • 2An upward bend in a stair rail.

  • 3An electrical waveform in which the voltage increases or decreases linearly with time.

    ‘a voltage ramp’
    • ‘During the phase ramp, fringing field effects smooth the phase profile.’
    • ‘In fact, the reversal potentials were independent of the direction of voltage ramps.’
    • ‘To commence near-field studies we provided voltage ramps to extend the near-field fiber repeatedly toward the sample.’
    • ‘We applied voltage ramps from - 100 to + 100 mV to cell 1.’
    • ‘We measured recovery from inactivation during voltage ramps.’
  • 4British informal A swindle, especially one involving a fraudulent increase of the price of a share.

    • ‘the Stock Exchange is investigating two blatant share ramps’
    fraud, swindle, fraudulent scheme, confidence trick, mare's nest
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  • 1with object Provide with a ramp.

    ‘we have purposefully ramped the entrance to make it easier access’
    • ‘ramped access to public buildings’
    • ‘It is our firm opinion, on grounds of public safety, a ramped footbridge should be provided at this location.’
    • ‘Ilkley Lido, which has been known to attract up to 15,000 people in one week during hot summer weather, does have disabled changing cubicles with ramped access to the outdoor pool and café.’
    • ‘Facilities for disabled passengers should also be improved with ramped access to platforms being installed at the very minimum.’
    • ‘A raised terrace sits in the centre, with ramped access for sitting and for play.’
    • ‘A great example locally of an attraction designed to accommodate a broad range of users is Underwater World Pattaya, with its ramped access, low level displays and counters, and accessible toilets.’
    • ‘The arc-shaped bridge - called Neptune's Way - will have a suspended ramped deck and will sweep across the river in an elliptical path.’
  • 2British Drive up the price of (a company's shares) in order to gain a financial advantage.

    ‘they're trying to ramp the share price’
    • ‘a rule against share price ramping which forbids a broker to account for more than 30 per cent of trading in a share’
    • ‘Share ramping is an evil and insidious force within any economy.’
    • ‘The web may be the future for our finances, but it's also prey for a new, illegal craze, share ramping.’
    • ‘What's more, their wide spreads makes dealing in penny shares expensive, plus their prices are notoriously volatile and susceptible to ramping.’
    • ‘Awarding chief executives shares and share options can encourage them to ramp the share price by acts of headline-catching bravado which rarely translate into value.’
    • ‘If those accused of illegally ramping up the stock price of gaming company BW Resources in the Philippines are students of history, they are probably carefree these days.’
    • ‘These are the same unforgiving analysts who talked up the technology boom in the hunt for corporate business, shamelessly ramping up the price of stock which many then cunningly sold near the top of the market.’
  • 3 archaic no object (of an animal) rear up on its hind legs in a threatening posture.

    ‘they roared and ramped in cages’
    • ‘a ramping lion’
    1. 3.1with adverbial of direction Rush about uncontrollably.
      • ‘an awful beast ramping about the woods and fields’
    2. 3.2with adverbial of direction (of a plant) grow or climb luxuriantly.
      • ‘ivy ramped over the flower beds’
  • 4no object (of an electrical waveform) increase or decrease voltage linearly with time.

    ‘the integrated circuit's output then ramps in the negative direction’
    • ‘The gels were run for 20 hours using switch times of 5 to 45 seconds ramped in a linear fashion.’
    • ‘During a programming operation, the channel current is approximately zero, and the first voltage is ramped at a rate proportional to the injection current.’

Phrasal Verbs

    ramp up
    • 1ramp something up, ramp up somethingIncrease the level or amount of something sharply.

      • ‘they ramped up production to meet booming demand’
      1. 1.1ramp upSharply increase in level or amount.
        • ‘the level of violence is ramping up’


Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘rear up’, also used as a heraldic term): from Old French ramper ‘creep, crawl’, of unknown origin. Sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 18th century.