Definitions for: Stump


[n] a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
[n] (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket
[n] the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed
[n] the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled
[v] remove tree stumps from; "stump a field"
[v] cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her"
[v] travel through a district and make political speeches; "the candidate stumped the Northeast"
[v] walk heavily; "The men stomped through the snow i their heavy boots"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stump, n. [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G.
stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to
E. stamp.]
1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after
the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub.

2. The part of a limb or other body remaining after a part is
amputated or destroyed; a fixed or rooted remnant; a stub;
as, the stump of a leg, a finger, a tooth, or a broom.

3. pl. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps. [Slang]

4. (Cricket) One of the three pointed rods stuck in the
ground to form a wicket and support the bails.

5. A short, thick roll of leather or paper, cut to a point,
or any similar implement, used to rub down the lines of a
crayon or pencil drawing, in shading it, or for shading
drawings by producing tints and gradations from crayon,
etc., in powder.

6. A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to
throwing the bolt, except when the gates of the tumblers
are properly arranged, as by the key; a fence; also, a pin
or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable
piece.

Leg stump (Cricket), the stump nearest to the batsman.

Off stump (Cricket), the stump farthest from the batsman.


Stump tracery (Arch.), a term used to describe late German
Gothic tracery, in which the molded bar seems to pass
through itself in its convolutions, and is then cut off
short, so that a section of the molding is seen at the end
of each similar stump.

To go on the stump, or To take the stump, to engage in
making public addresses for electioneering purposes; -- a
phrase derived from the practice of using a stump for a
speaker's platform in newly-settled districts. Hence also
the phrases stump orator, stump speaker, stump speech,
stump oratory, etc. [Colloq. U.S.]


Stump, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stumped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Stumping.]
1. To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop.

Around the stumped top soft moss did grow. --Dr. H.
More.

2. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something
fixed; to stub. [Colloq.]

3. To challenge; also, to nonplus. [Colloq.]

4. To travel over, delivering speeches for electioneering
purposes; as, to stump a State, or a district. See {To go
on the stump}, under Stump, n. [Colloq. U.S.]

5. (Cricket)
(a) To put (a batsman) out of play by knocking off the
bail, or knocking down the stumps of the wicket he is
defending while he is off his allotted ground; --
sometimes with out. --T. Hughes.
(b) To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket.

A herd of boys with clamor bowled, And stumped
the wicket. --Tennyson.

To stump it.
(a) To go afoot; hence, to run away; to escape. [Slang]
--Ld. Lytton.
(b) To make electioneering speeches. [Colloq. U.S.]


Stump, v. i.
To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.

To stump up, to pay cash. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Synonyms: ambo, dais, mix up, podium, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stamp, stomp, tree stump

See Also: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, body part, campaign, clear, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, grille, lattice, limb, mystify, nonplus, perplex, plant part, platform, pose, post, puzzle, run, stupefy, tooth, tree, vex, walk, wicket

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