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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Then two byes low past the off stump, horror or horrors.
▪ John Glendenen was dropped at gully on two and also survived a couple of injudicious waves outside the off stump.
▪ Then I got a short one outside the off stump - four, to go to 96.
▪ Pringle's feeble push forward failed to save his off stump.
▪ He advanced on him only for an exquisite googly to dip and dart through the gap to bruise the off stump.
▪ If he drops it short on the off stump, cut him.
▪ No shot surpassed Hollioake's square-#leg six off Harvey, which he contrived to play outside leg stump.
▪ He let the next ball go by outside leg stump.
▪ The bowler adjusted his line and dropped the next one on leg stump, on the half-volley.
▪ They're all taking leg stump instead of middle.
▪ Dermot Reeve clipped Waqar's first delivery for a single but his second ball uprooted last man Richard Illingworth's leg stump.
▪ Once more he struggled to maintain a line that did not drift towards leg stump.
▪ Confronted by the realities of office, even young men forget the carefree promises of the stump speech.
▪ Pete Magowan should have brought Clark back to give stump speeches about the horrors of Candlestick.
▪ They campaigned for Hardaway while the Adelman ticket delivered a persuasive stump speech.
▪ No soap box, no stump speech, no calling out, in a beer-barrel voice, to hit the bricks.
▪ Clinton does not include his pro-choice stand in his standard stump speech, either.
▪ His strident 30-minute stump speech was interrupted only a couple of times with polite applause.
▪ The elder female sank down on a tree stump to rest, fanning herself with her hand.
▪ Clearing two acres of tree stumps so a garden could be planted in the spring.
▪ Alligator saw; a tree stump chipper; and even a bouncy castle!
▪ They said they brought the tree stump to Riggs' office as a symbol of protest.
▪ His left leg was almost severed when it was caught in the whirling blade of a tree stump cutter.
▪ We were going to the thick grove of woods with the carved tree stumps in its center.
▪ All that was left was a stump of what used to be a statue.
▪ He looked down, and saw the planks beneath his shoe and stump turn transparent.
▪ It involves cutting down the main trunk to encourage new growth from the edge of the stump.
▪ The stump she sits on is as dead as she is blind.
▪ They campaigned for Hardaway while the Adelman ticket delivered a persuasive stump speech.
▪ They said they brought the tree stump to Riggs' office as a symbol of protest.
▪ You have to trench around the stump and sever all the roots.
▪ Harkin plans to stump in Illinois this weekend.
▪ The case has stumped the police for months.
▪ Carroll Campbell, both Republicans, are stumping the state on behalf of Sen.
▪ City must stump up the cash and planned to watch Viscaal yesterday against Mechelin.
▪ He stumped like an old man.
▪ He loves it when we stump him, when he has to go look up something.
▪ He was stumped for the second time in the match against the left-arm spin of Hettiarachchi.
▪ No, we were stumped for questions to ask.
▪ You read the reviews, make up your mind and stump up the cash.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stump \Stump\, v. i. To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.

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


Stump \Stump\, n. [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G. stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to E. stamp.]

  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. pl. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps. [Slang]

  4. (Cricket) 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.

    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.]

    on the stump campaigning for public office; running for election to office.


Stump \Stump\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stumped; p. pr. & vb. n. Stumping.]

  1. To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop.

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

  2. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something fixed; to stub. [Colloq.]

  3. To challenge; also, to nonplus. [Colloq.]

  4. 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.]

  5. (Cricket)

    1. 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.

    2. To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket. A herd of boys with clamor bowled, And stumped the wicket. --Tennyson. To stump it.

      1. To go afoot; hence, to run away; to escape. [Slang]
        --Ld. Lytton.

      2. To make electioneering speeches. [Colloq. U.S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"part of a tree trunk left in the ground after felling," mid-15c. (implied from late 13c. in surnames); from mid-14c. as "remaining part of a severed arm or leg;" from or cognate with Middle Low German stump (from adjective meaning "mutilated, blunt, dull"), Middle Dutch stomp "stump," from Proto-Germanic *stamp- (cognates: Old Norse stumpr, Old High German stumph, German stumpf "stump," German Stummel "piece cut off"), from PIE *stebh- "post, stem; to support" (see step (v.).


early 13c., "to stumble over a tree-stump or other obstacle" (obsolete), from the source of stump (n.). From 1590s as "reduce to a stump." Sense of "walk stiffly and clumsily" is first recorded c.1600. Sense of "baffle, bring to a halt by obstacles or impediments" is first recorded 1807, American English, perhaps in reference to plowing newly cleared land, but compare earlier sense "to challenge, dare" (1766).\n

\nMeaning "go on a speaking tour during a political campaign" is from 1838, American English, from phrase stump speech (1820), large tree stumps being a natural perch for rural orators (this custom is attested from 1775), especially in new settlements. Related: Stumped; stumping.


n. 1 The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb. 2 (context politics English) The place or occasion at which a campaign takes place; the husting. 3 (context figurative English) A place or occasion at which a person harangues or otherwise addresses a group in a manner suggesting political oration. 4 (context cricket English) One of three small wooden posts which together with the bails make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball. 5 (context drawing English) An artists’ drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing medi

  1. 6 A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house. 7 (context slang humorous English) A leg. 8 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. 9 A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) to stop, confuse, or puzzle 2 (context intransitive English) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem. 3 (context intransitive English) to campaign 4 (context transitive US colloquial English) to travel over (a state, a district, et

  3. ) giving speeches for electioneering purposes 5 (context transitive cricket of a wicket keeper English) to get a batsman out stumped 6 (context transitive cricket English) to bowl down the stumps of (a wicket) 7 (context intransitive English) to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge

  1. v. cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her" [syn: mix up]

  2. walk heavily; "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots" [syn: stomp, stamp]

  3. travel through a district and make political speeches; "the candidate stumped the Northeast"

  4. remove tree stumps from; "stump a field"

  1. n. the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled [syn: tree stump]

  2. the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed

  3. (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket

  4. a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, soapbox]

Stump (cricket)

In cricket, the stumps are the three vertical posts that support the "bails" and form the wicket. Stumping or being stumped is a method of dismissing a batsman.

The umpire calling stumps means the play is over for the day.

Stump (drawing)

A stump is a cylindrical drawing tool, usually made of soft paper that is tightly wound into a stick and sanded to a point at both ends. It is used by artists to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media. By its use, gradations and half tones can be produced.

Stumps are typically made of paper but can also be made of felt or leather. They are sold commercially in a range of sizes suitable for manipulations covering large areas, for operations on a miniature scale, and those in-between. A variant that is not as tightly packed and has a hollow core is called tortillon.

STUMP (tumor)

STUMP stands for smooth muscle tumor of undetermined/uncertain malignant potential. They are atypical smooth muscle tumors with low mitotic activity. The Bell criteria were developed to help categorize them by the degree of atypia, the mitotic figures, and necrosis.

Stump (surname)

Stump is a surname. It is commonly found as an Anglicized version of the German names 'Stumpf', 'Stumph', and other variations.


Stump may refer to:

  • Stump (band), a band from Cork, Ireland
  • Stump (cricket), one of three small wooden posts which the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball
  • Stump (drawing), an artists' drawing tool made of rolled paper
  • Stump (game), an American drinking game
  • USS Stump (DD-978), a Spruance-class destroyer
  • Tree stump, the rooted remains of a felled tree
  • Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (born 1998), 2009 "Best In Show" winner at the Westminster Dog Show, nicknamed Stump
  • The remains of a limb after amputation
  • A coastal landform which forms when a stack (geology) is eroded
  • Stump (surname) a surname
Stump (band)

Stump were an Anglo-Irish indie/experimental/rock group featuring former Microdisney members Mick Lynch (vocals) and Rob McKahey (drums), along with Kev Hopper (bass) and Chris Salmon (guitar). They formed in London in 1983. The original vocalist was Nick Hobbs, who left early on to form The Shrubs.

Their first release was a four track EP Mud on a Colon issued in 1986 through the Ron Johnson record label. This was followed by a self released mini album Quirk Out produced by Hugh Jones which included their cult hit "Buffalo". "Buffalo" appeared on NME's influential C86 compilation and a video was made by Channel 4 which was shown on The Tube. Continuous UK touring, regular coverage in the UK music press - including cover features in both the NME and Melody Maker, and a return to The Tube for a live performance of "Tupperware Stripper", ensured that Quirk Out stayed in the UK Indie Charts for 26 weeks, peaking at number 2. A session for the John Peel radio show recorded in February 1986 was released as a Peel Session EP on Strange Fruit Records in 1987. Following these successes the band were signed to Ensign Records.

Their only full-length release, A Fierce Pancake (named after a term meaning 'deep conundrum' in The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien) released in 1988 was recorded in Berlin and London produced by Holger Hiller with assistance from Stephen Street and was mixed by Hugh Jones after an unsuccessful session with US producer John Robie. The recording process was, however, often fraught with arguments amongst the band as to the sound and direction of the album. However, the group were pleased with the finished results and three singles were released from the album: "Chaos", "Charlton Heston" (which reached number 72 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1988 and therefore became their only national chart success) and a re-released "Buffalo" (the latter only featuring on the US edition of the album). The album did not bring the crossover success the label had hoped for and, after recording a few b-sides and some demos, they split up at the end of the year.

Stump's persistent and growing cult following prompted the release of A Fierce Pancake on iTunes; Hopper had previously reported on his website that their entire catalogue had been out of print since 1990. The "Pancake" download prompted the release of a 3-CD set containing Mud on a Colon, Quirk Out and A Fierce Pancake as well as the group's post-"Pancake" b-sides and demos and their compilation appearance, "Big End". This was released by Sanctuary Records in 2008 under the title The Complete Anthology.

Mick Lynch died in December 2015.

Usage examples of "stump".

The stump of a stem protruded from the amplexicaul curve at the top, as if it had been a real apple.

It lay behind the stump of the amputated cervix, in the culdesac of Douglas.

Grafts from the rabbit and dog failed, and the skin from the amputated stump of a boy was employed, and the patient was able to leave the hospital in seven months.

The amputated finger was wrapped up in a piece of brown paper, and, being apparently healthy and the wound absolutely clean, it was fixed in the normal position on the stump, and covered by a bichlorid dressing.

His fellow-workmen, without delay, wound a piece of rope around each bleeding member, and the man recovered after primary amputation of each stump.

TK, come evening, would plod up and down his neighborhood street, watching the shadows, listening for sounds, the defensive knot in his chest expanding into a tumor of inferred danger as the stump of his leg ached with an immediacy that only an amputee could know.

A little farther along we came to the barkless stump of the tree to which Mr.

When she saw him throw his bearskin aside, revealing a red-stained wicker bowl held firmly between the stump of his arm and his waist, incredulous joy flushed her face.

Frost pulled his eyes away from the bloodied stump of the neck and gingerly touched the flesh of her arm.

Then Lobkyn stooped the broken stump to seize, Bowed brawny back and with a wondrous ease Up by the roots the rugged bole he tore And tossed it far as it had been a straw.

The new technology of radio had forced briskness and brevity on professional speakers, such as politicians, who were accustomed to orating on the stump for three hours at a stretch, and preachers, sometimes drilling words into their listeners at speeds that reached two hundred words a minute.

Sanguine Mountain rived the earth, Hilel and his horse-traders had selected a brushy, steep-sided ravine and blocked the ends with stumps and slash.

But when will their misnamed liberty have its true emblem in that Stump, hewn down by British steel?

With Di An as his guide, Mors went to the stump of a broken column and sat down.

They raised the spears overarm and began to stump forward, shouting each time their left feet hit the ground.