lumper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lumper a taxonomist who classifies organisms into large groups on the basis of major characteristics
    • n lumper a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lumper A laborer who is employed to load or unload vessels when in harbor.
    • Lumper One who lumps.
    • n Lumper (Zoöl) The European eelpout; -- called also lumpen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lumper In some places, a laborer employed to load and unload vessels in port; a dock-hand; a longshoreman; a stevedore.
    • n lumper A militiaman.
    • n lumper In zoology, one who lumps several described species, genera, etc., in one: opposed to splitter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lumper a labourer employed in the lading or unlading of ships:
    • ns Lumper (prov.) a militiaman
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Lamper eel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Norw. lump, a block; Dut. lomp.

Usage

In literature:

By the end of the week he was a transient lumper on a river steamboat.
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
He was going to bring the lumpers upon us, only he was afeared, last winter.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
It is good to have hair-splitters and lumpers.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
It deals with "lumpers" and "splitters," and a possible trinomial nomenclature.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
We've had enough of lumpers in parliament!
"While the Billy Boils" by Henry Lawson
He was going to bring the lumpers upon us, only he was afeared, last winter.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
So a lumper, or 'longshoreman, had told the men where to put things.
"The Sandman: His Sea Stories" by William J. Hopkins
A dozen lumpers getting 'em out from both holds and two at a lick they're coming onto Duncan's Dock.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Put, this toesn't settle out two squatters; bot' of whom wants a sartain hill for its lumper; now, which is to haf it?
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
How hard that lumper works!
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
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In poetry:

The lumper staggered up the stack
Where he was told to stack it;
And Jack was paid and put the cash
Inside his linen jacket.
"Old Farmer Jack" by C J Dennis
Where never angry shot was fired
To alter peaceful plans;
Where British lumpers worked till tired
With Yacob and with Hans,
And ‘shouted’ when their work was done
For other ‘sailormans’.
"Kerosine Bay" by Henry Lawson

In science:

Since the directions were open-ended, responses can be divided into “the lumpers” and “the splitters”, to use the terminology applied to lexicographers whe n building dictionary de finitions.
Resources for Evaluation of Summarization Techniques
In the case of dictionary construction, lumpers tend to write more terse, condensed de finitions which consist of several possible uses in one de finition, whereas splitters will divide de finitions into a larger number of de finitions, each of which may cover only one aspect or one usage of the word.
Resources for Evaluation of Summarization Techniques
For segmentation, the way this tendency expressed itself is that the lumpers tended to mark very few boundaries, whereas the splitters marked numerous boundaries.
Resources for Evaluation of Summarization Techniques
For this reason, in determining what type of data to extract from the evaluation corpus, we took only the majority segments for training and testing; the result is that lumpers end up determining the majority.
Resources for Evaluation of Summarization Techniques
The primary challenge in building this resource is analogous to the lumpers versus splitters difference discussed in Section 2.1.5.
Resources for Evaluation of Summarization Techniques
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