(Ra"mist) n. A follower of Pierre Ramé, better known as Ramus, a celebrated French scholar,
who was professor of rhetoric and philosophy at Paris in the reign of Henry II., and opposed the Aristotelians.
(Ram"line) n. A line used to get a straight middle line, as on a spar, or from stem to stern in
building a vessel.
(Ram"mel) n. Refuse matter. [Obs.]
Filled with any rubbish, rammel and broken stones.Holland.
(Ram"mer) n. One who, or that which, rams or drives. Specifically: (a) An instrument for driving
anything with force; as, a rammer for driving stones or piles, or for beating the earth to more solidity.
(b) A rod for forcing down the charge of a gun; a ramrod. (c) (Founding) An implement for pounding
the sand of a mold to render it compact.
(Ram"mish) a. Like a ram; hence, rank; lascivious. "Their savor is so rammish." Chaucer.
(Ram"mish*ness), n. The quality of being rammish.
(Ram"my) a. Like a ram; rammish. Burton.
(Ram`ol*les"cence) n. [F. ramollir to make soft, to soften; pref. re- re- + amollir to
soften; a (L. ad) + mollir to soften, L. mollire, fr. mollis soft.] A softening or mollifying. [R.]
(Ra*moon") n. (Bot.) A small West Indian tree (Trophis Americana) of the Mulberry family,
whose leaves and twigs are used as fodder for cattle.
(Ra*mose") a. [L. ramosus, from ramus a branch.] Branched, as the stem or root of a plant; having
lateral divisions; consisting of, or having, branches; full of branches; ramifying; branching; branchy.
(Ra"mous) a. Ramose.
(Ramp) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ramped (ramt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Ramping.] [F. ramper to creep,
OF., to climb; of German origin; cf. G. raffen to snatch, LG. & D. rapen. See Rap to snatch, and cf.
1. To spring; to leap; to bound; to rear; to prance; to become rampant; hence, to frolic; to romp.
2. To move by leaps, or as by leaps; hence, to move swiftly or with violence.
Their bridles they would champ,Spenser.
And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp.
3. To climb, as a plant; to creep up.
With claspers and tendrils, they [plants] catch hold, . . . and so ramping upon trees, they mount up to
a great height.Ray.
1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.
The bold AscaloniteMilton.
Fled from his lion ramp.
2. A highwayman; a robber. [Prov. Eng.]
3. A romping woman; a prostitute. [Obs.] Lyly.