Definition of "bump" []

  • To strike or collide with. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to knock against an obstacle. (verb-transitive)
  • To knock to a new position; shift: bumped the crate out of the way. (verb-transitive)
  • To shake up and down; jolt: bumped the child on her knee; was bumped about on a rough flight. (verb-transitive)
  • To displace from a position within a group or organization. (verb-transitive)
  • To knock or strike with a jolt (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To travel or proceed in jerks and jolts (verb)
  • To hurt by knocking (verb)
  • To knock out of place; dislodge (verb)
  • To throw (a child) into the air, one other child holding each limb, and let him or her down again to touch the ground (verb)
  • (in rowing races, esp at Oxford and Cambridge) to catch up with and touch (another boat that started a fixed distance ahead) (verb)
  • To bowl (a ball) so that it bounces high on pitching or (of a ball) to bounce high when bowled (verb)
  • To dance erotically by thrusting the pelvis forward (esp in the phrase bump and grind) (verb)
  • To raise (someone) (verb)
  • To exclude a ticket-holding passenger from a flight as a result of overbooking (verb)
  • To displace (someone or something) from a previously allocated position (verb)
  • An impact; knock; jolt; collision (noun)
  • A dull thud or other noise from an impact or collision (noun)
  • The shock of a blow or collision (noun)
  • A lump on the body caused by a blow (noun)
  • A protuberance, as on a road surface (noun)
  • Any of the natural protuberances of the human skull, said by phrenologists to indicate underlying faculties and character (noun)
  • A rising current of air that gives an aircraft a severe upward jolt (noun)
  • The act of bumping a child. See sense 5 (noun)
  • The act of bumping (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bump" in a sentence
  • "Yeah, there\'s that whole first black nominee for president thing, but more significant is the fact that the greeting, which has been described by confused white journalists as a \ "fist bump, \" \ "closed-fist high-five, \" \ "a frat-tastic fist bump\" and \ "\'Hezbollah\ 'style fist-jabbing, \" is finally being introduced to mainstream culture."
  • "By Thursday, the bump is the size of a golf ball and Laurel is horribly distracted, worrying that it could be a tumor."
  • "And this officer is walking along the bank of the sanitation pond when he notices what he describes as a bump in the water."