jumping jack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jumping jack plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jumping jack A calisthenic exercise in which a person starts in a standing position with both feet together and with the arms at the sides, then leaps into the air while moving the arms outward and upward so that the hands touch above the head, and then returns to the original position by reversing the motion of legs and hands.
    • Jumping jack A toy figure of a man, jointed and made to jump or dance by means of strings or sticks attached to it.
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Usage

In literature:

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick; Jack jump'd over the candle stick.
"Dramatized Rhythm Plays" by John N. Richards
Reaching the Terror, Jack jumped aboard, and she sped away.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
I jumped to get between them, and Jack turned round short, and put out his hand.
"Man Overboard!" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Picard leaped in the air like a jumping jack.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
He was my butt, my ape, my jumping-jack.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
All sorts of ridiculous suggestions were made, and the boys offered jumping-jacks and comical toys to the two spenders.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Then followed the brutal instant of extinction, and the paltry dangling of the remains like a broken jumping-jack.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He found it increasingly difficult to manage the engine, and the machine began to give erratic jumps that alarmed Jack.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
Mr. C. and Mr. T. went off with Jack, and Mr. K. with Jump, to camp out and hunt early.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
You're just like my old Jumping Jack that I threw away last month.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Jack jumped back into the oven, while the giant's wife commenced talking to Puss, Jr., as if nothing whatever had happened.
"The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Jr." by David Cory
You may be sure that Jack jumped for joy to see his friends and the egg again.
"The Irish Fairy Book" by Various
Jack jumped on shore, for the boat had stopped, and was close to the brink of the river.
"Mopsa the Fairy" by Jean Ingelow
I bought him a funny little jumping jack to-day.
"Living Up to Billy" by Elizabeth Cooper
Down he jumped and came trotting across, apparently much fresher than Chub and Jack.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
In the somewhat dim light, Spence, to Noodles' fancy, assumed the aspect of an animated jumping jack.
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
Jack woke up thoroughly at the sight of him, and remembering where he must be, jumped up, exclaiming, 'Am I very late, sir?
"Left on the Prairie" by M. B. Cox
They jumped up like Jack-in-the-boxes, and the cursing broke out anew.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
The jack-rabbit was a very ubiquitous person, always jumping across the trail.
"Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan" by Frances Halton Eva Hasell
Jack saw this hesitation, and yelled to her again to jump.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
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In poetry:

They went to Denver in good clothes,
And kept Burt's grill-room wide awake,
And cut about like jumping-jacks,
And ordered seven-dollar steak.
"When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich" by Vachel Lindsay
How swiftly was I pulled into being
The jumping jack, the dancing chicken,
Becoming nothing but a scream to God
With no hope of what He was thinking.
"Dance Of Death" by Franz Werfel

In news:

The exercise commonly known as 'jumping jacks'.
San Francisco students are joining first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to break the Guinness World Records for the most jumping jack s done in one day.
Michelle Obama and the jumping-jack brigade at the White House Tuesday.
JUMP Jack's Urban Meeting Place Approved By Planning and Zoning Commission.
"I had one client who loves weights and body work, jumping jacks and push-ups and all that stuff," says Holland, who works at a Richardson gym.
In fighting trim for a series of 50th anniversary concerts in the New York area, the Stones ripped through "You've Got Me Rockin" and "Jumping Jack Flash" before beating a quick retreat.
Students counted by threes while doing jumping-jack warm-ups along with physical education teachers Nancy Feenstra, Paul Mammoser and Franni Carlson.
Jumping Jacks To Reward Fans.
Jake Owen once again used jumping jacks to reward a deserving fan.
Jack Beckman jumped to the No.
Their legions of fans will hear era-defining tracks such as "Gimme Shelter," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice," "It's Only Rock and Roll," plus a few surprises and other classics from GRRR.
"Jack Be Nimble" as Mark Twain's famous jumping frog.
Stones tickets sell out in a (jumping Jack) flash.
The empty lot at 9th and Myrtle street is the proposed site of JUMP, or Jack's Urban Meeting Place.
The board games, jumping ropes, bicycles, jacks and tether balls of yesterday are long gone, and in their place we have Wii, Nintendo DS, XBOX 360 and PlayStation.
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In science:

Furthermore, in Jack et al. (2011) it is described that the method is too computationally intensive to calculate the whole light curve and that big forward jumps in time have to be taken in which the time-dependence (their Equation (1)) is not tracked.
Radiation Energy-Balance Method for Calculating the Time Evolution of Type Ia Supernovae During the Post-Explosion Phase
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