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stump

STUMP, n. [G.]

1. The stub of a tree; the part of a tree remaining int he earth after the tree is cut down, or the part of any plant left in the earth by the sythe or sickle.

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

STUMP, v.t.

1. To strike any thing fixed and hard with the toe. [Vulgar.

2. To challenge. [Vulgar.]



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STUMP, n. [G.]

1. The stub of a tree; the part of a tree remaining int he earth after the tree is cut down, or the part of any plant left in the earth by the sythe or sickle.

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

STUMP, v.t.

1. To strike any thing fixed and hard with the toe. [Vulgar.

2. To challenge. [Vulgar.]

STUMP, n. [Sw. and Dan. stump; Dan. stumper, Sw. stympa, to mutilate; D. stomp, a stump, and blunt; G. stumpf.]

  1. The stub of a tree; the part of a tree remaining in the earth after the tree is cut down, or the part of any plant left in the earth by the sythe or sickle.
  2. The part of a limb or other body remaining after a part is amputated or destroyed; as, the slump of a leg, of a finger or a tooth. – Dryden. Swift.

STUMP, v.t.

  1. To strike any thing fixed and hard with the toe. [Vulgar.]
  2. To challenge. [Vulgar.]

Stump
  1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after the stem or trunk is cut off] the stub.
  2. To cut off a part of] to reduce to a stump; to lop.

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

  3. To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.

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

  4. 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.
  5. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something fixed; to stub.

    [Colloq.]
  6. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps.

    [Slang]
  7. To challenge; also, to nonplus.

    [Colloq.]
  8. One of the three pointed rods stuck in the ground to form a wicket and support the bails.
  9. 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.]
  10. 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.
  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.

    T. Hughes. (b)
  12. 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.]

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Stump

STUMP, noun [G.]

1. The stub of a tree; the part of a tree remaining int he earth after the tree is cut down, or the part of any plant left in the earth by the sythe or sickle.

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

STUMP, verb transitive

1. To strike any thing fixed and hard with the toe. [Vulgar.

2. To challenge. [Vulgar.]

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