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Definition of Stump


  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. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps.
  4. 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.
  7. To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop.
  8. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something fixed; to stub.
  9. To challenge; also, to nonplus.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket.
  13. To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.

Stump Quotations

You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.
Murray Walker

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
Adlai E. Stevenson

I'm not trying to stump anybody... it's the beauty of the language that I'm interested in.
Buddy Holly

In every stump speech I give, I speak about the fact that people who dream and achieve enormous success do not make us poorer - they make us better off.
Mitt Romney

If you wish in this world to advance your merits you're bound to enhance; You must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, Or, trust me, you haven't a chance.
William Gilbert
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Stump Translations

stump in German is Stummel, Stumpf
stump in Latin is stipes
stump in Swedish is stubbe, stump
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