Definition of Rampant

1. Adjective. Unrestrained and violent. "Rampant aggression"

Similar to: Uncontrolled
Derivative terms: Ramp

2. Adjective. Rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile. "A lion rampant"
Exact synonyms: Rearing
Category relationships: Heraldry
Similar to: Erect, Upright, Vertical
Derivative terms: Ramp

3. Adjective. (of a plant) having a lush and unchecked growth. "A rampant growth of weeds"
Similar to: Abundant

Definition of Rampant

1. a. Ramping; leaping; springing; rearing upon the hind legs; hence, raging; furious.

Definition of Rampant

1. Adjective. (originally) rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended ¹

2. Adjective. (heraldry): rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile. ¹

3. Adjective. (architecture) tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other. ¹

4. Adjective. unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner. ¹

5. Adjective. rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly. ¹

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Definition of Rampant

1. unrestrained [adj] - See also: unrestrained

Medical Definition of Rampant

1. 1. Ramping; leaping; springing; rearing upon the hind legs; hence, raging; furious. "The fierce lion in his kind Which goeth rampant after his prey." (Gower) "[The] lion . . . Rampant shakes his brinded mane." (Milton) 2. Ascending; climbing; rank in growth; exuberant. "The rampant stalk is of unusual altitude." (I. Taylor) 3. Rising with fore paws in the air as if attacking; said of a beast of prey, especially a lion. The right fore leg and right hind leg should be raised higher than the left. Rampant arch. An arch which has one abutment higher than the other. Same as Rampant vault, below. Rampant gardant, a continuous wagon vault, or cradle vault, whose two abutments are located on an inclined planed plane, such as the vault supporting a stairway, or forming the ceiling of a stairway. Origin: F, p. Pr. Of ramper to creep. See Ramp. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rampant

rampant (current term)
rampant arch

Literary usage of Rampant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and by James Balfour Paul (1893)
"Arg. a lion rampant gu., on a canton of the last a mural crown or (ist quarter). ... Arg. a lion rampant gu. holding in his dexter paw a thistle slipped or ..."

2. The Antiquary (1873)
"Clifford, of Bobbing, in pale with argent, six lions rampant sable, Savage. 4. ... Per pale azure and gules, a lion rampant ermine, in pale with Morant. 4. ..."

3. A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry by Henry Gough, James Parker (1894)
"Argent, a lion rampant sable, the tail introverted, the head, paws, and brush of the tail of the field—LI.OYD, co. Carmarthen. Argent, a lion rampant, ..."

4. Visitation of England and Walesby Joseph Jackson Howard, Frederick Arthur Crisp, College of Arms (Great Britain) by Joseph Jackson Howard, Frederick Arthur Crisp, College of Arms (Great Britain) (1895)
"Quarterly, i and 4, argent, a lion rampant sable, crowned or ; 2 and 3, ... Gules, a lion rampant or. 66. REES AP TUDOR, Prince of Wales, slain an0 1089. ..."

5. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia: Or, Dictionary of Arts and William Nicholson by William Nicholson (1819)
"argent, a lion rampant sable; and passant, (see fig. 46.) or, a lion passant sable, in chief three piles of the second. Parts of the lion are also generally ..."

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