Bump (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bumped (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bumping.] [Cf. W. pwmp round mass, pwmpiaw to thump, bang, and E. bum, v.i., boom to roar.]

To strike, as with or against anything large or solid; to thump; as, to bump the head against a wall.


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Bump, v. i.

To come in violent contact with something; to thump.

"Bumping and jumping."



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Bump (?), n. [From Bump to strike, to thump.]


A thump; a heavy blow.


A swelling or prominence, resulting from a bump or blow; a protuberance.

It had upon its brow A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone. Shak.

3. Phren.

One of the protuberances on the cranium which are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind; as, the bump of "veneration;" the bump of "acquisitiveness."



The act of striking the stern of the boat in advance with the prow of the boat following.



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Bump, v. i. [See Boom to roar.]

To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; to boom.

As a bittern bumps within a reed. Dryden.


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Bump, n.

The noise made by the bittern.


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