bump: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bump), [key]
- to come more or less violently in contact with; collide with; strike: His car bumped a truck.
- to cause to strike or collide: He bumped the car against a tree.
- to dislodge or displace by the force of collision.
- to dislodge; to appropriate the privileges of: When the general found there were no additional seats on the plane, he bumped a major. The airline bumped me from the flight.
- to demote, promote, or dismiss: He was bumped from his job.
- to force upward; raise: Demand from abroad bumped the price of corn.
- raise (def. 24).
- to come in contact or collide with (often fol. by against or into): She bumped into me.
- to bounce along; proceed in a series of jolts: The old car bumped down the road.
- to dance by thrusting the pelvis forward abruptly, in a provocative manner, esp. to the accompaniment of an accented musical beat. Cf. grind (def. 13).
- to boil with violent jolts caused by the sudden eruption of large bubbles through the surface.
- to meet by chance: I bumped into an old friend yesterday.
- to kill, esp. to murder: They bumped him off because he knew too much.
- an act or instance of bumping; collision; blow.
- the shock of a blow or collision.
- a swelling or contusion from a blow.
- a small area raised above the level of the surrounding surface; protuberance: He tripped over a bump on a road.
- a promotion or demotion; transfer to a higher or lower level: He got a bump to vice president of the company.
- an increase in amount, esp. of salary or a wager: He asked the boss for a ten-dollar bump.
- a rapidly rising current of air that gives an airplane a severe upward thrust.
- a dance movement in which the pelvis is abruptly thrust forward in a provocative manner, esp. to the accompaniment of an accented musical beat. Cf. grind (def. 20).
- crump (def. 6).
- bump (Thesaurus)