(en noun )
Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group.
- Stir the gravy until there are no more lumps .
A group, set, or unit.
- a lump”’ of coal; a ”’lump”’ of clay; a ”’lump of cheese
A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful.
- The money arrived all at once as one big lump sum payment.
A dull or lazy person.
- Do you want one lump or two with your coffee?
(informal, as plural) A beating or verbal abuse.
- Don’t just sit there like a lump .
A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.
- He’s taken his lumps over the years.
* lump in one’s throat
(en verb )
To treat as a single unit; to group together.
- People tend to lump turtles and tortoises together, when in fact they are different creatures.
* take one’s lumps
* lump it
* like it or lump it
(en noun )
A light blow or jolting collision.
The sound of such a collision.
A protuberance on a level surface.
A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
One of the protuberances on the cranium which, in phrenology, are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind.
- It had upon its brow / A bump as big as a young cockerel’s stone.
(rowing) The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead.
The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.
(Internet) 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.
A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.
- the bump”’ of veneration; the ”’bump of acquisitiveness
(slang) A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally.
The noise made by the bittern; a boom.
A coarse cotton fabric.
A training match for a fighting dog.
- US presidential nominees get a post-convention bump in survey ratings.
* bump and grind
* bump in the road
* fist bump
* razor bump
* speed bump
* things that go bump in the night
To knock against or run into with a jolt.
To move up or down by a step.
(Internet) 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.
(chemistry, of a superheated liquid) To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.
* 1916 , Albert Prescott Mathews, Physiological chemistry
- I bumped the font size up to make my document easier to read.
To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.
* 2005 , Lois Jones, EasyJet: the story of Britain’s biggest low-cost airline (page 192)
- Heat until the liquid bumps , then reduce the heat and continue the boiling for 1½ hours.
To move the time of a scheduled event.
* 2010 , Nancy Conner, Matthew MacDonald, Office 2010: The Missing Manual , p. 332:
- Easyjet said the compensation package for passengers bumped off flights was ‘probably the most flawed piece of European legislation in recent years’…
(archaic) To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise; to boom.
- A colleague emails with news that her 4:30 meeting got bumped to 3:30.
- as a bittern bumps within a reed