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Bump - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Bump' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bump [ n.]
- A thump; a heavy blow.
- A swelling or prominence, resulting from a bump or blow; a protuberance.
- 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.
- The noise made by the bittern.
2 . Bump [ v. i.]
- To come in violent contact with something; to thump.
- To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; to boom.
3 . Bump [ v. t.]
- To strike, as with or against anything large or solid; to thump; as, to bump the head against a wall.

Meaning of 'Bump' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bump [ n]
Meaning (1):
- something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
Example in sentence:
  • he stood on the rocky prominence;
  • the bony excrescence between its horns;
  • the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge;
  • the hump of a camel;
  • the occipital protuberance was well developed
Meaning (2):
- an impact (as from a collision)
Example in sentence:
  • the bump threw him off the bicycle
3 . bump [ v]
Meaning (3):
- dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward
Example in sentence:
  • bump and grind
Meaning (4):
- assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
Example in sentence:
  • He was broken down to Sergeant;
  • She was demoted because she always speaks up
Meaning (5):
- come upon, as if by accident; meet with
Example in sentence:
  • I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here;
  • She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day;
  • We find this idea in Plato
Meaning (6):
- knock against with force or violence
Example in sentence:
  • My car bumped into the tree
Meaning (7):
- remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
Example in sentence:
  • The new employee dislodged her by moving into her office space