- Jump is defined as to bounce or spring from the ground or from one surface to another.
- An example of jump is hopping over a log.
- An example of jump is skydiving.
- An example of jump is a mountain biker pulling their bike up to avoid a large rock.
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- to move oneself suddenly from the ground, etc. by using the leg muscles; leap; spring
- to be moved with a jerk; bob; bounce
- to parachute from an aircraft
- to move, act, or react energetically or eagerly: often with at
- to move suddenly and involuntarily, as from fright, surprise, etc.
- to pass suddenly from one thing or topic to another
- to rise suddenly: prices have jumped
- to break in continuity of action, as a film image, because of faulty alignment of the film
- Slang to be lively and animated: the party was jumping
- Bridge to make a jump bid
- ☆ Checkers to move a piece over an opponent's piece, thus capturing it
- Comput. to continue at an instruction in another part of the program by means of a jump ()
Origin: from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to leap over
- to pass over; skip
- to cause to leap: to jump a horse over a fence
- ☆ to advance (a person) to a higher rank or position, esp. by bypassing intervening ranks
- ☆ to leap upon; spring aboard
- to cause (prices, etc.) to rise suddenly
- ☆ to bypass (an electrical component, esp. a weak battery on a vehicle)
- Informal to attack suddenly as from hiding
- Informal to react to prematurely, in anticipation: to jump a traffic light
- ☆ Slang to leave suddenly or without permission: to jump town, jump ship
- Bridge to raise (the bid) by making a jump bid
- ☆ Checkers to capture (an opponent's piece) by jumping
- Journalism to continue (a story) on another page
- a jumping; leap; bound; spring
- a distance jumped
- a descent from an aircraft by parachute
- a thing to be jumped over or from, as on a ski jump
- a sudden transition
- a sudden rise, as in prices
- a sudden, nervous start or jerk; twitch
- Slang chorea; also, delirium tremens: usually with the
- Athletics a contest in jumping: the high jump, the long jump
- Bridge jump bid
- ☆ Checkers a move by which an opponent's piece is jumped and captured
- Comput. a program instruction that causes an instruction in another part of the program to be the next executed
- Journalism a line telling on, or from, what page a story is continuedalso jump line
- designating or of a style of jazz music characterized by recurrent short riffs and a strong, fast beat
- of or for parachuting or paratroops
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verb jumped, jump·ing, jumps verb, intransitive
- a. To spring off the ground or other base by a muscular effort of the legs and feet.b. To move suddenly and in one motion: jumped out of bed.c. To move involuntarily, as in surprise: jumped when the phone rang.d. To parachute from an aircraft.
- a. Informal To move quickly; hustle: Jump when I give you an order.b. To take prompt advantage; respond quickly: jump at a bargain.
- a. To enter eagerly into an activity; plunge: jumped into the race for the nomination.b. To begin or start. Often used with off: The project jumped off with great enthusiasm.
- To form an opinion or judgment hastily: jump to conclusions.
- To make a sudden verbal attack; lash out: jumped at me for being late.
- a. To undergo a sudden and pronounced increase: Prices jumped in October.b. To rise suddenly in position or rank: jumped over two others with more seniority.
- To move discontinuously or change after a short period: jumps from one subject to another; jumped from one job to another.
- a. To be displaced by a sudden jerk: The phonograph needle jumped.b. To be displaced vertically or laterally because of improper alignment: The film jumped during projection.
- Computer Science To move from one set of instructions in a program to another out of sequence.
- Games a. To move over an opponent's playing piece in a board game.b. To make a jump bid in bridge.
- Slang To be lively; bustle: a disco that really jumps.
- To leap over or across: jump a fence.
- To leap onto: jump a bus.
- Slang To spring upon in sudden attack; assault or ambush: Muggers jumped him in the park.
- To move or start prematurely before: jumped the starting signal.
- To cause to leap: jump a horse over a fence.
- To cause to increase suddenly: shortages that jumped milk prices by several cents.
- To pass over; skip: The typewriter jumped a space.
- To raise in rank or position; promote.
- Games a. To move a piece over (an opponent's piece) in a board game, often thereby capturing the opponent's piece.b. To raise (a partner's bid) in bridge by more than is necessary.
- To jump-start (a motor vehicle).
- To leave (a course), especially through mishap: The train jumped the rails.
- Slang a. To leave hastily; skip: jumped town a step ahead of the police.b. To leave (an organization, for example) suddenly or in violation of an agreement: jumped the team and signed with a rival club.
- To seize or occupy illegally: jump a mining claim.
- To forfeit (bail) by failing to appear in court.
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
- a. The act of jumping; a leap.b. The distance covered by a jump: a jump of seven feet.c. An obstacle or span to be jumped.d. A structure or course from which a jump is made: built a jump out of snow.
- A descent from an aircraft by parachute.
- Sports Any of several track-and-field events in which contestants jump.
- Informal a. An initial competitive advantage; a head start: got the jump on the other newspapers.b. Energy or quickness: “We got off to a slow start. We didn't have any jump, and when we did get things going, we were too far behind” (John LeClair).
- a. A sudden pronounced rise, as in price or salary.b. An impressive promotion.
- A step or level: managed to stay a jump ahead.
- A sudden or major transition, as from one career or subject to another.
- a. A short trip.b. One in a series of moves and stopovers, as with a circus or road show.
- Games A move in a board game over an opponent's piece.
- Computer Science A movement from one set of instructions to another.
- a. An involuntary nervous movement; a start.b. jumps A condition of nervousness. Often used with the.
- A jump-start of a motor vehicle.
- Vulgar Slang An act of sexual intercourse.
Origin: Perhaps Middle English jumpen, to jump (sense uncertain).
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jump - Phrases/Idioms
get (or have) the jump onâ
jump a claimâ
jump in with both feetâ
jump onor jump all over
jump the trackâ
jump to conclusions
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jump the gun
jump through hoops
jump (someone's) bones