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Ramp (verb)

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To Ramp. v.n. [ramper, French; rampare, Italian; ꞃmpn, Saxon.]

  1. To leap with violence. Foaming tarr, their bridles they would champ,
    And trampling the fine element, would fiercely ramp.
    F. Q.

                    Out of the thickest wood
    A ramping lyon rushed suddenly,
    Hunting full greedy after savage blood.
    Fairy Queen.

    They gape upon me with their mouths; as a ramping and roaring lion. Psalm xxii.13.

    Upon a bull, that deadly bellowed,
    Two horrid lions rampt, and seiz'd, and tugg'd off.
    Chapm.

    Sporting the lion ramp'd; and in his paw
    Dandled the kid.
    Milton.

  2. To climb as a plant.

    Furnished with claspers and tendrils, they catch hold of them, and so ramping upon trees, they mount up to a great height. Ray on the Creation.

Sources: Chapman, George (6) · Milton, John (449) · The Bible - Psalms (29) · Ray, John (59) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Italian (29) · Saxon (215) · Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ramp (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 13, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19725.


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