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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.]


n. (context cricket English) The act of somebody being stumped. vb. (present participle of stump English)


n. campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)