Origin of pumping
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to inflate.
- to increase, heighten, or strengthen; put more effort into or emphasis on; intensify: The store has decided to pump up its advertising.
- to infuse with enthusiasm, competitive spirit, energy, etc.: The contestants were all backstage pumping themselves up for their big moment.
Origin of pump1
Related Words for pumpingdraw, drain, tap, supply, send, siphon, pour, inject, push, distend, force, dilate, swell, drive, elevate, draft, inflate, empty, grill, probe
Examples from the Web for pumping
Contemporary Examples of pumping
So we know that boring down to the bedrock and pumping it full of fluid can cause earthquakes.26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas
January 7, 2015
Since 2004, US oil output has jumped by about 56 percent, the equivalent of pumping an extra 3.1 million barrels a day.Why the Keystone XL Pipeline May Not Be Built
November 19, 2014
So far in the States, he has eschewed the roaring, pumping, and scolding so as not to antagonize his new teammates and opponents.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
Because clearly nothing can go wrong with pumping out film after blockbuster film of a beloved franchise.The Ultimate Guide to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
March 19, 2014
The only problem is that your lymph system does not have any pumping mechanism.How to Recover from Christmas
December 25, 2013
Historical Examples of pumping
I am of opinion that pumping a leaky ship is the most detestable work in the world.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Two hours' pumping in every four is no joke—but it kept her afloat as far as Falmouth.Youth
That boundless wealth of good intentions is a well no pumping can exhaust.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
He floated easily, pumping the air far back into his big lungs.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
The two rascals were expert at pumping the little half-breed.
Word Origin for pump
Word Origin for pump
"apparatus for forcing liquid or air," early 15c., of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle Dutch pompe "water conduit, pipe," or Middle Low German pumpe "pump" (Modern German Pumpe), both from some North Sea sailors' word, possibly of imitative origin.
"low shoe without fasteners," 1550s, of unknown origin, perhaps echoic of the sound made when walking in them, or perhaps from Dutch pampoesje, from Javanese pampoes, of Arabic origin. Klein's sources propose a connection with pomp (n.). Related: pumps.
c.1500, from pump (n.1). Metaphoric extension in pump (someone) for information is from 1630s. To pump iron "lift weights for fitness" is from 1972. Related: Pumped; pumping.