Bump definitions

bŭmp
A rise or increase, as in prices or enrollment.
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A forward thrust of the pelvis, as in a burlesque striptease.
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A pass in volleyball made by redirecting the ball with the inside of the forearms, especially when extended and held together.
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A shot of hard liquor, sometimes accompanied by a beer chaser.
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To strike or collide with.

Bumped the chair with a knee.

verb
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To cause to knock against an obstacle.

Bumped a knee against the chair.

verb
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To raise; boost.

Bump up the price of gasoline.

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To pass (a volleyball) by redirecting it with the forearms.
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To hit or knock against something.

Boxes bumping against one another in a truck.

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To proceed with jerks and jolts.

Bumped along slowly over the rocky terrain.

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To bump a volleyball.
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A light blow or jolt.
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A swelling or lump, esp. one caused by a blow.
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In phrenology, any of the protuberances of the skull as interpreted with reference to one's mental faculties.
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A thrusting movement forward of the lower part of the torso, as in striptease dancing.
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To collide with a jolt.
verb
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To move with jerks or jolts.
verb
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To hit or knock against with a jolt; collide lightly with.
verb
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To displace, as from a job or plane reservation.
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To raise (a price, a bet in poker, etc.)
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A light blow or jolting collision.
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A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
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The sound of such a collision.
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One of the protuberances on the cranium which, in phrenology, are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind.

The bump of veneration; the bump of acquisitiveness.

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The definition of a bump is a light jolt or a swollen, raised lump on the body.

An example of a bump is the act of two toy cars hitting each other.

An example of a bump is a welt on the hand.

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(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.
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The noise made by the bittern; a boom.
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To bump is defined as to collide lightly.

An example of to bump is for a car to knock gently into the back of another.

verb
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The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.
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A coarse cotton fabric.
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(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.
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A training match for a fighting dog.
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A protuberance on a level surface.
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A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.

US presidential nominees get a post-convention bump in survey ratings.

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(slang) A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally.
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To knock against or run into with a jolt.
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To move up or down by a step.

I bumped the font size up to make my document easier to read.

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(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.
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(chemistry, of a superheated liquid) To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.
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To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.
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To move the time of a scheduled event.
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(archaic) To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise; to boom.
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A surname​.
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Origin of bump

From Early Modern English bump (“a shock, blow from a collision", also "to make a heavy, hollow sound, boom”), probably of North Germanic origin. Compare Danish bump (“a thump”), Danish bumpe (“to thump”), Old Danish bumpe (“to strike with a clenched fist”). Apparently related to Middle English bumben, bummen (“to make a hollow noise”), Dutch bommen (“to hum, buzz”), German bummen (“to hum, buzz”), Icelandic bumba (“drum”), probably of imitative origin. More at bum, bumble. Compare also bomb.