General English


  • noun an act of buying shares in order to force up the price (as when a company buys its own shares illegally during a takeover bid)

Cars & Driving

  • noun equipment used to support a vehicle’s front or rear for underbody work
  • noun a device used to raise a vehicle in the air


  • A sloping surface to provide an easy connection between floors.


  • noun an unorthodox batting stroke in which the batsman, with a more or less straight bat, hoists the ball directly over his own head and that of the wicket-keeper. It has been described as ‘the most exotic trick shot in the book’ (Simon Briggs, Wisden 2003).



  • noun an inclined surface which is designed to enable people or vehicles to move onto or off a vehicle, aircraft or ship

Real Estate

  • noun a sloping surface that allows access from one level to a higher or lower level, or raises something up above floor or ground level
  • noun a curved bend or slope in a handrail or coping where it changes direction, e.g. on a stair landing


  • verb to provoke, annoy. A term used by young street-gang members in London since around 2000.


  • noun a sloping part of the ground, going from one level to another

Origin & History of “ramp”

A ramp is etymologically something you ‘climb’ up. The word was borrowed from French rampe, a derivative of the verb ramper ‘climb’, hence ‘slope’. this goes back to a Frankish *rampōn, and was borrowed into English in the 13th century as ramp. It now survives mainly in the form of its present participle, rampant (14th c.), which preserves the sense ‘rearing up’. Rampage (18th c.) may be a derivative.