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ramping

noun; zero derivation; derivation
an illegal feature of many modified electronic paintball markers that switches the fire mode from semi to fully automatic if the trigger is pulled faster than a preset limit; this is done to conceal fully automatic capability during safety inspections by referees
 
"That son of a bitch had had his ION set up for ramping."
Etymology : The term originates form the French word "rampe," meaning "slope," which was a back formation from the Old French "ramper," meaning "to climb or creep. The word "ramp" underwent zero derivation to become a verb for secretively increasing the rate of fire of one's gun. The gerund of this verb was then taken as the name of the feature it described, undergoing a conversion back to noun form. The concept of gradually increasing rate of fire is a metaphor for moving up a slope.
Source : Friend- November 2008
Last modified: 1 December 2008


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