Definition of ramp in English:



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

    ‘a wheelchair ramp’
    • ‘Yes, I built a handicap ramp to access my building, for my dog.’
    • ‘They also arrange for home remodeling, such as building ramps for wheelchairs, and, in some areas, curb-to-curb transportation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The temple rises from the valley floor in three colonnaded terraces connected by ramps.’
    • ‘Mrs Agnes Simms, of Holme Mill Lane, had been trying to get a wheelchair ramp fitted in her garden for the past three years.’
    • ‘Picnic tables are built with supports and ramps to the entrance and guide rails are provided all round.’
    • ‘Remember that ramps require a building permit, and the construction specifications can vary widely between jurisdictions.’
    • ‘The tree provides structural support for the ramp and platform through the use of a cable, arch, and railing suspension system.’
    • ‘I threw the gun away and ran up the ramp to the second floor.’
    • ‘The Romans were fond of building enormous ramps to allow them to walk over the walls of an enemy's strong point.’
    • ‘To achieve this, he used a variable balance of forms, with columns, terraces, ramps and screens in a range of colours.’
    • ‘We raised the level of the veranda to the first floor level and incorporated ramps into the new veranda's design.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 of the original buildings were connected inside, with ramps to accommodate the varying floor levels.’
    • ‘They would also like to see the playground levelled and a ramp installed.’
    • ‘Michelle rolled my wheelchair up the ramp on the stage, and I got to the microphone.’
    • ‘A total of ten ramps connect the three levels, creating spatial continuity and flow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A movable set of steps for entering or leaving an aircraft.
      • ‘As we approached the ramp, the aircraft started to pull to the left.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I stumbled up the boarding ramp and entered the code sequence that would open the main hatch for me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gregory and I stepped off the ramp as I greeted my guests.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was no flying, of course, as the ramps, runways and aircraft were also ice covered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Firefighters used fire hoses to clean the aircraft and the ramp.’
    2. 1.2North American An inclined road leading onto or off a main road or highway.
      ‘an exit ramp’
      • ‘Local roads, turn lanes and inter-change ramps, rest areas, and highway approaches were part of the improvement as well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brian flicked his blinker signal and descended the exit ramp.’
      • ‘And seven people were arrested when they temporarily blocked an exit ramp off Interstate 280 in San Francisco.’
      • ‘It depicted a Jaguar, facing the exit ramp of the Main Street bridge.’
      • ‘This impedes movement of oncoming traffic, which builds up along the main ramp of the flyover.’
      • ‘He got into the left turning lane and drove onto the on ramp and onto the freeway.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I walked down the on ramp from the deserted avenue and continued walking down the highway.’
      • ‘But without that choice, you're on a circular highway without any exit ramps.’
      • ‘My car broke down on the way home, within a hundred yards of an entrance ramp to the interstate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still others lobby for new roads, new highway exit ramps or new airports.’
      • ‘The convoy's lead vehicles served to clear the route and prevent vehicles from entering from side streets, ramps, and other approaches.’
      • ‘At the end of the exit ramp, go left for one-quarter mile to Forest Service Road 4832 and turn right.’
  • 2An upward bend in a stair rail.

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

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


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

    • ‘A raised terrace sits in the centre, with ramped access for sitting and for play.’
    • ‘The arc-shaped bridge - called Neptune's Way - will have a suspended ramped deck and will sweep across the river in an elliptical path.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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.

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


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.