from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A machine or device for raising, compressing, or transferring fluids.
- n. Physiology A molecular mechanism for the active transport of ions or molecules across a cell membrane.
- n. Physics Electromagnetic radiation used to raise atoms or molecules to a higher energy level.
- n. Informal The heart.
- transitive v. To raise or cause to flow by means of a pump.
- transitive v. To draw, deliver, or pour forth as if with a pump.
- transitive v. To remove the water from: pump out a flooded basement.
- transitive v. To cause to move with the up-and-down motion of a pump handle: a bicyclist pumping the pedals.
- transitive v. To propel, eject, or insert with or as if with a pump: pumped new life into the economy.
- transitive v. Physics To raise (atoms or molecules) to a higher energy level by exposing them to electromagnetic radiation at a resonant frequency.
- transitive v. Physiology To transport (ions or molecules) against a concentration gradient by the expenditure of chemically stored energy.
- transitive v. To question closely or persistently: pump a witness for secret information.
- intransitive v. To operate a pump.
- intransitive v. To raise or move gas or liquid with a pump.
- intransitive v. To move up and down in the manner of a pump handle.
- intransitive v. Sports To fake a throw, pass, or shot by moving the arm or arms without releasing the ball.
- pump up To inflate with gas by means of a pump: pump up a tire.
- pump up Slang To fill with enthusiasm, strength, and energy: The lively debate really pumped us up.
- pump up Sports To be actively involved in a bodybuilding program: athletes pumping up at the gym.
- idiom pump iron Sports To lift weights.
- n. A woman's shoe that has medium or high heels and no fastenings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device for moving or compressing a liquid or gas.
- n. An instance of the action of a pump; one stroke of a pump; any action similar to pumping
- n. A device for dispensing liquid or gas to be sold, particularly fuel.
- n. A swelling of the muscles caused by increased blood flow following high intensity weightlifting.
- n. A ride on a bicycle given to a passenger, usually on the handlebars or fender.
- n. The heart.
- v. To use a pump to move (liquid or gas).
- v. (often followed by up) To fill with air.
- v. To move rhythmically, as the motion of a pump.
- v. To shake (a person's hand) vigorously.
- v. To gain information from (a person) by persistent questioning.
- v. To use a pump to move liquid or gas.
- v. (slang) To be going very well.
- v. To kick, throw or hit the ball far and high.
- v. To pass gas; to fart.
- n. A type of shoe, a trainer or sneaker.
- n. A type of very high-heeled shoe; stilettoes.
- n. A dancing shoe.
- n. A type of shoe without a heel (source: Dictionarium Britannicum - 1736)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A low shoe with a thin sole.
- n. An hydraulic machine, variously constructed, for raising or transferring fluids, consisting essentially of a moving piece or piston working in a hollow cylinder or other cavity, with valves properly placed for admitting or retaining the fluid as it is drawn or driven through them by the action of the piston.
- intransitive v. To work, or raise water, a pump.
- transitive v. To raise with a pump, as water or other liquid.
- transitive v. To draw water, or the like, from; to from water by means of a pump
- transitive v. Figuratively, to draw out or obtain, as secrets or money, by persistent questioning or plying; to question or ply persistently in order to elicit something, as information, money, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To work a pump; raise water or other liquid with a pump.
- To raise with a pump: as, to pump water.
- To free from water or other fluid by means of a pump or pumps: as, to pump a ship.
- To elicit or draw out by or as by artful interrogation: as, to pump out secrets.
- To subject to a pumping process for the purpose of extracting, procuring, or obtaining something, such as money, information, or secrets.
- To throb; beat.
- To issue in intermittent jets, as blood from a wounded artery.
- n. One of several kinds of hydraulic and pneumatic machines.
- n. [⟨ pump, verb] An artful effort to extract or elicit information, as by indirect question or remark.
- n. A low shoe or slipper, with a single unwelted sole, and without a heel, or with a very low heel, worn chiefly for dancing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
- v. operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal
- v. question persistently
- v. supply in great quantities
- n. a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
- n. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body
- v. flow intermittently
- v. draw or pour with a pump
- v. move up and down
- v. deliver forth
- n. a low-cut shoe without fastenings
In many cases it is desirable to force water considerably above the pump itself, as, for instance, in the fire hose; under such circumstances a type of pump is employed which has received the name of _force pump_.
For this reason the pump has received the name of _lifting pump_.
After speaking with Manny about designing accessories for those on the pump, we thought it would be a great idea to start a group of 'Think Tankers' who would share their wants, needs and features they'd like to see in accessories for those who pump*
The term pump first popped up in 1550 in England, where male servants sported the style.
Somehow, I got the wrong invitation — not to the label pump-you-up meeting, but to the advertiser pump-you-up meeting.
The body of the pump is about 4 "in diameter, and it's about 6" from front to back.
Obama's plan for help at the pump is a permanent $1000 family tax credit.
And laid across a two-page image of gasoline spilling from a pump is the quote that begins, "The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast."
First, a tax on gasoline at the pump is a regressive measure that I reject on moral grounds alone.
When water starts flowing out of the tank, either the diaphragm or bladder will contract increasing the air space and consequently reducing the air pressure; when the pressure falls below the set-point the pump is actuated.