Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Ramagious (-mā"jĭ*ŭs) adjective Wild; not tame. [ Obsolete]

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.

Ramble (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 .

Rameal (rā"me* a 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.

Ramee (răm"e) noun (Botany) See Ramie .

Ramekin (răm"e*kĭn) noun See Ramequin . [ Obsolete]

Ramekin noun = 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.

Ramie (răm"e) noun [ 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 .

Ramification (răm`ĭ*fĭ*kā"shŭn) noun [ 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.

Ramify (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.

Rammel (răm"mĕl) noun Refuse matter. [ Obsolete]

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.

Ramp (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,
And trampling the fine element would fiercely ramp .
Spenser.

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.

Ramp noun
1. A leap; a spring; a hostile advance.

The bold Ascalonite
Fled from his lion ramp .
Milton.

2. A highwayman; a robber. [ 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.

Rampage (rămp"aj; 48) noun [ See Ramp , v. ] 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]

Rampageous (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.