Webster's Dictionary, 1913
(-mā"jĭ*ŭs) adjective Wild; not tame.
Now is he tame that was so ramagious . Remedy of Love.
Ramal (rā"m a l) adjective [ Latin ramus branch.] Of or pertaining to a ramus, or branch; rameal.
Ramayana (rä*mä"yȧ*nȧ) noun [ Sanskrit Rāmāyana .] The more ancient of the two great epic poems in Sanskrit. The hero and heroine are Rama and his wife Sita.
Ramberge (răm"bẽrj) noun [ French, from rame oar + barge barge.] Formerly, a kind of large war galley.
(răm"b'l) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Rambled
(-b'ld); present participle & verbal noun Rambling
(-blĭng).] [ For rammle
, from Prov. English rame
to roam. Confer Roam
.] 1. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the world.
He that is at liberty to ramble in perfect darkness, what is his liberty better than if driven up and down as a bubble by the wind? Locke. 2. To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way. 3. To extend or grow at random. Thomson. Syn.
-- To rove; roam; wander; range; stroll.
Ramble noun 1. A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation.
Coming home, after a short Christmas ramble . Swift. 2.
[ Confer Rammel
.] (Coal Mining) A bed of shale over the seam. Raymond.
Rambler (-blẽr) noun One who rambles; a rover; a wanderer.
Rambling (-blĭng) adjective Roving; wandering; discursive; as, a rambling fellow, talk, or building.
Ramblingly adverb In a rambling manner.
Rambooze (-bōz) noun A beverage made of wine, ale (or milk), sugar, etc. [ Obsolete] Blount.
Rambutan (răm*bō"tăn) noun [ Malay rambūtan , from rambut hair of the head.] (Botany) A Malayan fruit produced by the tree Nephelium lappaceum , and closely related to the litchi nut. It is bright red, oval in shape, covered with coarse hairs (whence the name), and contains a pleasant acid pulp. Called also ramboostan .
l) adjective Same as Ramal . Gray.
Ramean (- a n) noun A Ramist. Shipley.
Ramed (rămd) adjective Having the frames, stem, and sternpost adjusted; -- said of a ship on the stocks.
(răm"e) noun (Botany) See Ramie .
(răm"e*kĭn) noun See Ramequin .
Rament (răm" e nt) noun [ Latin ramenta , plural]
1. A scraping; a shaving. [ Obsolete] 2. plural (Botany) Ramenta.
Ramenta (rȧ*mĕn"tȧ) noun plural [ Latin , scrapings.] (Botany) Thin brownish chaffy scales upon the leaves or young shoots of some plants, especially upon the petioles and leaves of ferns. Gray.
Ramentaceous (răm`ĕn*tā"shŭs) adjective (Botany) Covered with ramenta.
Rameous (rā"me*ŭs) adjective [ Latin rameus , from ramus branch, bough.] (Botany) Ramal.
Ramequin (răm"e*kĭn) noun [ French] (Cookery) A mixture of cheese, eggs, etc., formed in a mold, or served on bread. [ Written also ramekin .]
Ramequin noun [ French] The porcelian or earthen mold in which ramequins are baked and served, by extension, any dish so used.
[ From Malay.] (Botany) The grass-cloth plant ( Bœhmeria nivea ); also, its fiber, which is very fine and exceedingly strong; -- called also China grass , and rhea . See Grass-cloth plant , under Grass .
[ Confer French ramification
. See Ramify
.] 1. The process of branching, or the development of branches or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement. 2. A small branch or offshoot proceeding from a main stock or channel; as, the ramifications of an artery, vein, or nerve. 3. A division into principal and subordinate classes, heads, or departments; also, one of the subordinate parts; as, the ramifications of a subject or scheme. 4. The production of branchlike figures. Crabb.
Ramiflorous (-flō"rŭs) adjective [ Latin ramus branch + flos , floris , flower.] (Botany) Flowering on the branches.
Ramiform (răm"ĭ*fôrm) adjective [ Latin ramus branch + -form .] (Botany) Having the form of a branch.
(răm"ĭ*fī) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ramified
(răm"ĭ*fīd); present participle & verbal noun Ramifying
(răm"ĭ*fī`ĭng).] [ French ramifier
, Late Latin ramificare
, from Latin ramus
a branch + -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See -fy
.] To divide into branches or subdivisions; as, to ramify an art, subject, scheme.
Ramify intransitive verb 1. To shoot, or divide, into branches or subdivisions, as the stem of a plant.
When they [ asparagus plants] . . . begin to ramify . Arbuthnot. 2. To be divided or subdivided, as a main subject.
Ramigerous (rȧ*mĭj"ẽr*ŭs) adjective [ Latin ramus a branch + -gerous .] (Botany) Bearing branches; branched.
Ramiparous (rȧ*mĭp"ȧ*rŭs) adjective [ Latin ramus + parere to bear.] (Botany) Producing branches; ramigerous.
Ramist (rā"mĭst) noun 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.
Ramline (răm"lĭn) noun A line used to get a straight middle line, as on a spar, or from stem to stern in building a vessel.
(răm"mĕl) noun Refuse matter.
Filled with any rubbish, rammel and broken stones. Holland.
Rammer (-mẽr) noun 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.
Rammish (-mĭsh) adjective Like a ram; hence, rank; lascivious. "Their savor is so rammish ." Chaucer.
Rammishness noun The quality of being rammish.
Rammy (-mȳ) adjective Like a ram; rammish. Burton.
Ramollescence (răm`ŏl*lĕs"s e ns) noun [ French ramollir to make soft, to soften; prefix re- re- + amollir to soften; a (L. ad ) + mollir to soften, Latin mollire , from mollis soft.] A softening or mollifying. [ R.]
Ramoon (rȧ*mōn") noun (Botany) A small West Indian tree ( Trophis Americana ) of the Mulberry family, whose leaves and twigs are used as fodder for cattle.
Ramose (rȧ*mōs") adjective [ Latin 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.
Ramous (rā"mŭs) adjective Ramose.
(rămp) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ramped
(rămt; 215); present participle & verbal noun Ramping
.] [ French ramper
to creep, Old French , to climb; of German origin; confer German raffen
to snatch, LG. & Dutch rapen
. See Rap
to snatch, and confer Romp
.] 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. 3. To climb, as a plant; to creep up.
And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp .
With claspers and tendrils, they [ plants] catch hold, . . . and so ramping upon trees, they mount up to a great height. Ray.
Ramp noun 1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.
The bold Ascalonite Milton. 2. A highwayman; a robber.
Fled from his lion ramp .
[ Prov. Eng.] 3. A romping woman; a prostitute.
[ Obsolete] Lyly. 4.
[ French rampe
.] (Architecture) (a) Any sloping member, other than a purely constructional one, such as a continuous parapet to a staircase. (b) A short bend, slope, or curve, where a hand rail or cap changes its direction. 5.
[ French rampe
.] (Fort.) An inclined plane serving as a communication between different interior levels.
Rampacious (răm*pā"shŭs) adjective High-spirited; rampageous. [ Slang] Dickens.
(rămp"aj; 48) noun
[ See Ramp
] Violent or riotous behavior; a state of excitement, passion, or debauchery; as, to be on the rampage .
[ Prov. or Low] Dickens.
Rampage intransitive verb To leap or prance about, as an animal; to be violent; to rage. [ Prov. or Low]
(răm*pā"jŭs) adjective Characterized by violence and passion; unruly; rampant.
[ Prov. or Low]
In the primitive ages of a rampageous antiquity. Galt.
Rampallian (-păl"y a n) noun [ Confer ramp a prostitute, or rabble .] A mean wretch. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Rampancy (rămp" a n*sȳ) noun The quality or state of being rampant; excessive action or development; exuberance; extravagance. "They are come to this height and rampancy of vice." South.