the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed.
the part of a limb of the body remaining after the rest has been cut off.
a part of a broken or decayed tooth left in the gum.
a short remnant, as of a candle; stub.
any basal part remaining after the main or more important part has been removed.
an artificial leg.
Usually stumps. Informal. legs: Stir your stumps and get out of here.
a short, stocky person.
a heavy step or uneven gait.
the figurative place of political speechmaking: to go on the stump.
Furniture. a support for the front end of the arm of a chair, sofa, etc.: Compare post1 (def. 2).
a short, thick roll of paper, soft leather, or some similar material, usually having a blunt point, for rubbing a pencil, charcoal, or crayon drawing in order to achieve subtle gradations of tone in representing light and shade.
Cricket. each of the three upright sticks that, with the two bails laid on top of them, form a wicket.
to reduce to a stump; truncate; lop.
to clear of stumps, as land.
Chiefly Southern U.S. to stub, as one's toe.
to nonplus, embarrass, or render completely at a loss: This riddle stumps me.
to challenge or dare to do something.
to make political campaign speeches to or in: to stump a state.
Cricket. (of the wicketkeeper) to put (a batsman) out by knocking down a stump or by dislodging a bail with the ball held in the hand at a moment when the batsman is off his ground.
to tone or modify (a crayon drawing, pencil rendering, etc.) by means of a stump.
to walk heavily or clumsily, as if with a wooden leg: The captain stumped across the deck.
to make political campaign speeches; electioneer.
Idioms about stump
up a stump, Informal. at a loss; embarrassed; perplexed: Sociologists are up a stump over the sharp rise in juvenile delinquency and crime.
- stump·less, adjective
- stump·like, adjective
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How to use stump in a sentence
Dixon presented a photo in which he used an assistant to show that Stipp could not have seen Pistorius on his stumps.Disastrous Turn By Star Witness For Pistorius Defense | Kelly Berold | April 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The one thing that both the state and the defense can agree upon here is that Pistorius was on his stumps during the shooting.The Prosecution vs. Oscar Pistorius: The Case So Far | Kelly Berold | March 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Suddenly, Michonne sees Mike and her friend with only bloody stumps for arms.‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Premiere Review of ‘After’: What if Rick Was Dead? | Melissa Leon | February 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The palm trees have gone, leaving a desolate wasteland of stumps reaching into the sky.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men | The Telegraph | November 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Farmers may also use explosives to loosen soil or break up boulders and tree stumps that get in the way of sowing crops.
He walked about, stumbling over sticks and stones and stumps, sometimes falling down on soft moss, and again on the hard ground.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
The lascar moved his feet cautiously, and they rustled among dried stumps.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Eudora was racing now through the briers, and weeds, and palmetto stumps, and dragging Mandy Ann with her.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
This explanation seemed very likely, for here and there were stumps of trees and decaying chips.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
He had worked across from the left column, and we were soon beholding his bright jacket in a tangle of logs and stumps.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
British Dictionary definitions for stump
the base part of a tree trunk left standing after the tree has been felled or has fallen
the part of something, such as a tooth, limb, or blade, that remains after a larger part has been removed
(often plural) a leg
stir one's stumps to move or become active
cricket any of three upright wooden sticks that, with two bails laid across them, form a wicket (the stumps)
Also called: tortillon a short sharply-pointed stick of cork or rolled paper or leather, used in drawing and shading
a heavy tread or the sound of heavy footsteps
a platform used by an orator when addressing a meeting
(often plural) Australian a pile used to support a house
on the stump mainly US and Canadian engaged in campaigning, esp by political speech-making
(tr) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
(intr) to plod or trudge heavily
(tr) cricket (of a fielder, esp a wicketkeeper) to dismiss (a batsman) by breaking his wicket with the ball or with the ball in the hand while he is out of his crease
mainly US and Canadian to campaign or canvass (an area), esp by political speech-making
(tr) to reduce to a stump; lop
(tr) to clear (land) of stumps
- stumper, noun
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