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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)

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.

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."