Rampant

Ramp"ant

(rmp"nt), a. [F., p. pr. of ramper to creep. See Ramp, v.] 1. Ramping; leaping; springing; rearing upon the hind legs; hence, raging; furious.
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The fierce lion in his kind
Which goeth rampant after his prey.
Gower.
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[The] lion . . . rampant shakes his brinded mane.
Milton.
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2. Ascending; climbing; rank in growth; exuberant.
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The rampant stalk is of unusual altitude.
I. Taylor.
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3. (Her.) 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.
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Rampant arch. (a) An arch which has one abutment higher than the other. (b) Same as Rampant vault, below. -- Rampant gardant (Her.), rampant, but with the face turned to the front. -- Rampant regardant, rampant, but looking backward. -- Rampant vault (Arch.), a continuous wagon vault, or cradle vault, whose two abutments are located on an inclined plane, such as the vault supporting a stairway, or forming the ceiling of a stairway.
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