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    Sea ramping toward ...

    Hi,

    Can anybody tell me what the bold text means?

    Three black 'skerries,' encompassed by a fantastic series of stacks, crooked as a witch's fore-finger, and giving herbergage to shrill routs of osprey and scart, to seal and walrus, lay at some fathoms' distance; and from its race and rage among them, the sea, in arrogance of white, tumultuous, but inaudible wrath, ramped terrible as an army with banners toward the land. Leaving my place, I staggered some distance to the left: and now, all at once, a vast amphitheatre opened before me, and there burst upon my gaze a panorama of such heart-appalling sublimity, as imagination could never have conceived, nor can now utterly recall.

    Vaila, M.P.Shiel, 1896

    Thanks a lot
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    Re: Sea ramping toward ...

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    A Stack is a geological feature a column of rock created by erosion on a sea coast. In the British Isles a famous set of stacks are the Needles off the Isle of Wight.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Needles

    I think ramped ​in this context refers to something increasing in size.

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    Re: Sea ramping toward ...

    I always thought The Island of Vaila was an illusory place invented by the author but your tip has changed my mind.

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