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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bumpy
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bumpy ride
▪ Part of the flight had been a bumpy ride through a thunderstorm.
bumpy (=uncomfortable because the plane moved up and down a lot)
▪ The flight was very bumpy, and we really wondered whether we would make it.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
ride
▪ Since the programme was announced in 1998, like previous eradication campaigns, it has had a bumpy ride.
▪ It was the same man who had jostled her repeatedly during a bumpy ride on the Lexington Avenue Express subway.
▪ It had been a bumpy ride, through the tail end of a thunderstorm.
▪ The plant had had a bumpy ride since Cellatex was sold off by the chemicals giant Rhne-Poulenc in 1991.
▪ Euro Disney had a bumpy ride as the market digested its results, sinking to a low of 813p down 35p.
▪ The Education Department also moved quickly from November 1983, having had a particularly bumpy ride at the hands of the media.
▪ It is therefore going to be, at best, a bumpy ride.
road
▪ The cart moved off along the bumpy road towards the rocky mountains in the distance.
▪ This may oversimplify what was a long and bumpy road, but the contrast with the past four years is remarkable.
▪ The bus lurches along a bumpy road through a landscape of uncultivated desolation.
▪ You can hire a car for around £20 a day but beware bumpy roads.
▪ All along the bumpy road that threads through the valley, villagers have set up their own security posts.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bumpy ride
▪ Euro Disney had a bumpy ride as the market digested its results, sinking to a low of 813p down 35p.
▪ It had been a bumpy ride, through the tail end of a thunderstorm.
▪ It is therefore going to be, at best, a bumpy ride.
▪ It was the same man who had jostled her repeatedly during a bumpy ride on the Lexington Avenue Express subway.
▪ Since the programme was announced in 1998, like previous eradication campaigns, it has had a bumpy ride.
▪ The plant had had a bumpy ride since Cellatex was sold off by the chemicals giant Rhne-Poulenc in 1991.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bumpy dirt roads
▪ After a bumpy landing, all the passengers cheered and thanked the pilot.
▪ Fasten your seatbelt, this ride may be bumpy.
▪ Neal drove the last mile down the bumpy road towards the highway.
▪ The field was too bumpy to play football on.
▪ To get to Agra we had to endure a long bumpy ride in an old bus.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A bumpy, shaky ride back across Paris.
▪ Every now and then a car rumbled over the bumpy dirt road, leaving behind a whirl of white dust.
▪ He says it's not the toughest course but it's very hard and bumpy.
▪ It's going to be a bumpy read.
▪ Not many people chose to take a ride on such a bumpy, gloomy road after dark in the month of January.
▪ Other technology issues sizzled for the year despite a bumpy finish.
▪ Since the programme was announced in 1998, like previous eradication campaigns, it has had a bumpy ride.
▪ Yet despite a bumpy first year, most students were engaged in productive work.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bumpy

1865, from bump + -y (2).\n\nFasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

[Bette Davis ("Margo Channing"), "All About Eve," 1950]

\nRelated: Bumpiness.
Wiktionary
bumpy

a. 1 rough; jumpy; causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements 2 covered with or full of bumps

WordNet
bumpy
  1. adj. characterized by rough motion; "a bumpy ride" [syn: jarring, jolting, jolty]

  2. [also: bumpiest, bumpier]

Wikipedia
Bumpy
For the Hawaiian nationalist leader, see Bumpy Kanahele. For the character see Mr. Bumpy. Or see bump (disambiguation).

Bumpy is a species of Jellyfish, Stellamedusa ventana.

The species was first described in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association in 2004 by Kevin Raskoff and George Matsumoto of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. As of February 2004, seven specimens have been observed, five off the California coast in Monterey Bay and two in the Gulf of California. Unlike most medusae, they lack marginal tentacles. Specimens so far found reach almost 10 cm in diameter, which is large for a scyphomedusa. The bell is blue-white in colour. The exumbrella is white, and this and the four oral arms are covered with large nematocyst-laden projections filled with stinging cells, enabling the jelly to capture food items of a variety of sizes; it seems to prefer large prey, up to half its size, which is unusual in jellies that capture prey with their bells rather than with tentacles. The bumpy appearance that the stinging cells give to the jelly led to its common name. The species name comes from the remotely operated vehicle ( ROV) Ventana, a deep-diving robot submarine that first recorded the jelly on video in 1990.

Stellamedusa ventana has so far been observed only at mesopelagic depths, i.e. between 150 and 550 meters. At these depths, sunlight does not penetrate, but there is still a reasonable amount of oxygen. Many species of jellyfishes live at this level, and it is likely that S. ventana feeds primarily on other jellies. Another large jellyfish discovered by the same researchers is Big Red.

Usage examples of "bumpy".

In addition to the frog tongue, in whose banderole she painted a fly, Ellen Cherry gave Boomer the black, bumpy tongue of a chow dog.

On that first visit, the bumpy, prayer-inducing descent in the turboprop persuaded me that the four-hour drive from Denver up through the Rockies, high, winding, fenceless passes and all, was the less intimidating choice.

The Shadow, recovering from the bumpy landing, had fired in reply, to meet the menace of Goldy Tancred.

It is crucial to emphasize at the outset that our discussion is not concerned with how the mechanical elements of a particular clock happen to respond to shaking or jostling that might result from bumpy motion.

Reilly guided the Pajero carefully down the bumpy and rock-strewn track until they reached the edge of the lake.

The fellow with the broken nose and the bumpy skull, Spak, edged a step closer, his oversize arm muscles working like independent creatures, and glanced toward Pite as if waiting for a signal.

She felt nauseated from the sake and the bumpy cab ride, and she could still taste that perfumy green tea ice cream in her mouth.

Land Rover while Popsy drove with more verve than caution out of Lambourn and along a side road and finally up a bumpy track to open stretches of grassland.

Kona can spark up a spliff and calm down that bumpy brine for all me new science dreadies.

His concerns were his family, his olives, and his pigeons, and he practically walked backward as he led the pony so he could make sure no birds fell off the bumpy cart.

They would climb sweetsop trees for the green-skinned, bumpy fruit, sucking out the sweet, milky pulp and spitting the black seeds at each other.

The ride was bumpier and several miles out of the way, but the view would be lovelier, the drive would be more relaxing, and there would be no traffic to fight.

The truck turned twice onto muddier, bumpier roads, and I was afraid that Peggy Sue and I would be jostled into the ditch.

The boat had filled quickly, and by the time the Copelands arrived, after a frantic last-minute bemo ride, clutching guardrails, their baggage, one another, through the narrowest, bumpiest, crookedest streets in town, they were lucky to claim a patch of space the size of a throw rug on the padded floor mats near the starboard side.

Olivia grumbled as she got in cautiously, and Victoria roared off across the bumpy back road, while Olivia complained loudly about her driving.