from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To strike or collide with.
- transitive v. To cause to knock against an obstacle.
- transitive v. To knock to a new position; shift: bumped the crate out of the way.
- transitive v. To shake up and down; jolt: bumped the child on her knee; was bumped about on a rough flight.
- transitive v. To displace from a position within a group or organization.
- transitive v. To deprive (a passenger) of a reserved seat because of overbooking.
- transitive v. To raise; boost: bump up the price of gasoline.
- transitive v. Sports To pass (a volleyball) by redirecting it with the forearms.
- intransitive v. To hit or knock against something.
- intransitive v. To proceed with jerks and jolts: bumped along slowly over the rocky terrain.
- intransitive v. Sports To bump a volleyball.
- n. A blow, collision, or jolt.
- n. The sound of something bumping: heard a loud bump in the dark.
- n. A raised or rounded spot; a bulge.
- n. A slight swelling or lump.
- n. Something, such as unevenness or a hole in a road, that causes a bump.
- n. A rise or increase, as in prices or enrollment.
- n. One of the natural protuberances on the human skull, considered to have significance in phrenology.
- n. A forward thrust of the pelvis, as in a burlesque striptease.
- n. Sports A pass in volleyball made by redirecting the ball with the inside of the forearms, especially when extended and held together.
- n. Slang A shot of hard liquor, sometimes accompanied by a beer chaser.
- bump into To meet by chance: I often bump into him at the supermarket.
- bump off Slang To murder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light blow or jolting collision.
- n. The sound of such a collision.
- n. A protuberance on a level surface.
- n. A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
- n. The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead.
- n. The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.
- n. A post in an Internet forum thread made in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
- n. A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.
- n. A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally.
- n. The noise made by the bittern; a boom.
- v. To knock against or run into with a jolt.
- v. To post in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
- v. To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.
- v. To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.
- v. To move the time of a scheduled event.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thump; a heavy blow.
- n. A swelling or prominence, resulting from a bump or blow; a protuberance.
- n. One of the protuberances on the cranium which are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind
- n. The act of striking the stern of the boat in advance with the prow of the boat following.
- n. The noise made by the bittern.
- intransitive v. To come in violent contact with something; to thump.
- intransitive v. To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; to boom.
- transitive v. To strike, as with or against anything large or solid; to thump.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; boom.
- To cause to come in violent contact; bring into concussion; knock; strike; thump: as, to bump one's head against a wall.
- In English boat-racing, to touch (the stern of a boat ahead) with the bow of the following boat. See extract.
- To come forcibly in contact with something; strike heavily: as, the vessel bumped against the wharf.
- To ride without rising in the stirrups on a rough-trotting horse.
- In chem., to give off vapor intermittently and with almost explosive violence, as some heated solutions.
- To form bumps or protuberances.
- n. A booming, hollow noise.
- n. A shock from a collision, such as from the jolting of a vehicle.
- n. In English boat-racing, the striking of one boat by the prow of another following her. See bump, transitive verb, 2.
- n. A swelling or protuberance, especially one caused by a blow.
- n. Specifically The popular designation of the natural protuberances on the surface of the skull or cranium, which phrenologists associate with distinct qualities, affections, propensities, etc., of the mind: used ironically for the word organ employed by phrenologists: as, the bump of veneration, acquisitiveness, etc.
- n. The corner of the stock of a gun at the top of the heel-plate.
- n. A material used for coarse sheets.
- n. In London, a sort of matting used for covering floors.
- n. In cricket, the act of rising higher than usual from the pitch after being bowled: said of the ball.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
- v. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
- n. an impact (as from a collision)
- v. dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward
- v. knock against with force or violence
- v. remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
- n. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
- n. a lump on the body caused by a blow
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By Thursday, the bump is the size of a golf ball and Laurel is horribly distracted, worrying that it could be a tumor.
And this officer is walking along the bank of the sanitation pond when he notices what he describes as a bump in the water.
HARRIS: During a second search of a wooded area with several ponds near the family home, an officer noticed what he described as a bump in the sanitation pond.
HARRIS: During a second search of a wooded area with several ponds near the family home an officer noticed what he described as a bump in the sanitation pond.
(Another pause, and a sigh.) "For my part, I never pretended to have what they call the bump of locality."
Such a title bump might come without extra pay or responsibilities, Brady said, but its cachet is important in academia.
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Chapter 5: On Saturday Morning, Laurel wakes up to a beautiful sunrise – and to find that the bump is gone.
But this short-term bump is partially obscuring a longer-term development in oil markets, the surging demand from China and other emerging economies amid constraint in global supplies.