Definition of ramp in English:

ramp

noun

  • 1A slope or inclined plane for joining two different levels, as at the entrance or between floors of a building.

    ‘a wheelchair ramp’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, I built a handicap ramp to access my building, for my dog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To achieve this, he used a variable balance of forms, with columns, terraces, ramps and screens in a range of colours.’
    • ‘Michelle rolled my wheelchair up the ramp on the stage, and I got to the microphone.’
    • ‘I threw the gun away and ran up the ramp to the second floor.’
    • ‘Remember that ramps require a building permit, and the construction specifications can vary widely between jurisdictions.’
    • ‘They would also like to see the playground levelled and a ramp installed.’
    • ‘The tree provides structural support for the ramp and platform through the use of a cable, arch, and railing suspension system.’
    • ‘Some of the original buildings were connected inside, with ramps to accommodate the varying floor levels.’
    • ‘The Romans were fond of building enormous ramps to allow them to walk over the walls of an enemy's strong point.’
    • ‘A total of ten ramps connect the three levels, creating spatial continuity and flow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We raised the level of the veranda to the first floor level and incorporated ramps into the new veranda's design.’
    • ‘The temple rises from the valley floor in three colonnaded terraces connected by ramps.’
    • ‘Any money raised on Saturday at the Scout Hall in Kingsdown Park, Stratton, will be put towards a disabled toilet and wheelchair ramps at the venue.’
    • ‘Picnic tables are built with supports and ramps to the entrance and guide rails are provided all round.’
    • ‘They also arrange for home remodeling, such as building ramps for wheelchairs, and, in some areas, curb-to-curb transportation.’
    • ‘Mrs Agnes Simms, of Holme Mill Lane, had been trying to get a wheelchair ramp fitted in her garden for the past three years.’
    slope, sloping surface, bank, incline, inclined plane, gradient, grade, tilt, angle
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    1. 1.1 A 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.’
      • ‘Jaini took a step down the ramp when it fully extended itself.’
      • ‘‘Lu, keep in touch,’ Andy said over the crowd as he made his way down the ramp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gregory and I stepped off the ramp as I greeted my guests.’
      • ‘Firefighters used fire hoses to clean the aircraft and the ramp.’
      • ‘As we approached the ramp, the aircraft started to pull to the left.’
      • ‘There was no flying, of course, as the ramps, runways and aircraft were also ice covered.’
      • ‘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 hoist their bags on to the ramp, step up into the back of the aircraft and pass their bags forward to the cargo hold.’
      • ‘The aircraft finished final checks, taxied from the ramp toward the taxiway and proceeded to ruin my day.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2North American An inclined road leading onto or off a main road or highway.
      ‘an exit ramp’
      • ‘This impedes movement of oncoming traffic, which builds up along the main ramp of the flyover.’
      • ‘Still others lobby for new roads, new highway exit ramps or new airports.’
      • ‘Brian flicked his blinker signal and descended the exit ramp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One night a drunk driver mistook our driveway for a freeway ramp and stumbled into our basement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The convoy's lead vehicles served to clear the route and prevent vehicles from entering from side streets, ramps, and other approaches.’
      • ‘It depicted a Jaguar, facing the exit ramp of the Main Street bridge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He got into the left turning lane and drove onto the on ramp and onto the freeway.’
      • ‘But without that choice, you're on a circular highway without any exit ramps.’
      • ‘Local roads, turn lanes and inter-change ramps, rest areas, and highway approaches were part of the improvement as well.’
      • ‘As a young police officer I remember finding a car parked in the middle of the entry ramp to the interstate highway.’
      • ‘I walked down the on ramp from the deserted avenue and continued walking down the highway.’
      • ‘My car broke down on the way home, within a hundred yards of an entrance ramp to the interstate.’
      • ‘People shuffled out of his way, but finally he had to stop about halfway up the exit ramp leading to the overpass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the end of the exit ramp, go left for one-quarter mile to Forest Service Road 4832 and turn right.’
    3. 1.3
      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.

    • ‘In fact, the reversal potentials were independent of the direction of voltage ramps.’
    • ‘We applied voltage ramps from - 100 to + 100 mV to cell 1.’
    • ‘During the phase ramp, fringing field effects smooth the phase profile.’
    • ‘To commence near-field studies we provided voltage ramps to extend the near-field fiber repeatedly toward the sample.’
    • ‘We measured recovery from inactivation during voltage ramps.’

verb

  • 1with object Provide or build (something) with a ramp.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is our firm opinion, on grounds of public safety, a ramped footbridge should be provided at this location.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2archaic no object (of an animal) rear up on its hind legs in a threatening posture.

    1. 2.1with adverbial of direction Rush about violently or uncontrollably.
      ‘an awful beast ramping about the woods and fields’
    2. 2.2with adverbial of direction (of a plant) grow or climb luxuriantly.
      ‘ivy ramped over the flower beds’
  • 3no object (of an electrical waveform) increase or decrease voltage linearly with time.

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

Phrasal Verbs

  • ramp something up (or ramp up)

    • (especially in reference to the production of goods) increase or cause to increase in amount.

      ‘they ramped up production to meet booming demand’
      ‘the level of violence is ramping up’
      • ‘One fear in Asia is that a global shortage of optic fibre will hinder efforts to ramp up high-speed internet access in the region.’
      • ‘Art galleries are ramping up their online presence.’
      • ‘Security has been ramped up across the entire country.’
      • ‘If the cost of producing the others is ramping up expenses, they need to be removed.’
      • ‘Some political parties have ramped those up for political reasons.’
      • ‘It plans to ramp up its output to two million consoles per month for the next three months.’
      • ‘They're now also ramping up treatment for HIV-infected people with life-saving AIDS medications.’
      • ‘Broadband Innovations says it's scrambling to ramp up production to meet demand.’
      • ‘The Queensland Government has ramped up penalties under its Plant Protection Act, in the wake of the citrus canker outbreak at Emerald.’
      • ‘What else has been ramped up a little bit in the new version?’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

ramp

/ramp//ræmp/