• WordNet 3.6
    • v hump have sexual intercourse with "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm","Adam knew Eve","Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    • v hump round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
    • n hump something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge","the hump of a camel","he stood on the rocky prominence","the occipital protuberance was well developed","the bony excrescence between its horns"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hump of a camel can weigh up to 35 kilograms
    • Hump (Zoöl) A fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal, as a camel or whale.
    • Hump (Railroad) a portion of a switchyard with a slanting track in which freight cars may coast without an engine and be sorted through a series of switches.
    • Hump A protuberance; especially, the protuberance formed by a crooked back.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Despite the hump, a camel's spine is straight.
    • n hump A protuberance; a swelling.
    • n hump Especially— A hunch or protuberance on the back, caused by an abnormal curvature of the spine, or by natural growth: as, a man with a hump; a camel with two humps; the hump on the back of a whale.
    • n hump In entomology, a projection on the back of a larva, formed by an upward enlargement of a whole segment, which is then said to be humped. Projections of this kind are very common in the larvæ of the Lepidoptera.
    • hump To bend or hunch so as to form a hump, as the back in some kinds of labor, like that of a miner or ditcher, or as cattle in cold or stormy weather.
    • hump To prepare for a great effort; gather (one's self) together; hurry; exert (one's self): as, hump yourself now.
    • hump To huff; vex.
    • hump In cutlery, to round off, as scissors.
    • hump To use great exertion; put forth effort.
    • n hump A sailors' name for a worthless member of the crew; a green hand.
    • n hump A long tramp with a load on the back.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hump hump a lump or hunch upon the back
    • v.t Hump to bend in a hump: :
    • v.i Hump to put forth effort
    • v.t Hump (U.S. slang) to prepare for a great exertion
    • v.t Hump (slang) to vex or annoy
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. homp, a lump, LG. hump, heap, hill, stump, possibly akin to E. heap,. Cf. Hunch


In literature:

We're going to be kept humping to-morrow.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
The bison has no hump.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
They are either so melancholy that they give you the hump or so self-important that you want to slap them.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
In the autumn, the camels are fat, and their humps appear round and hard.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
He's humped over and seems to be trying to make himself smaller all the time.
"Boy Scouts in Southern Waters" by G. Harvey Ralphson
She had to hump herself, though.
"The Adventure Club Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
The camels' humps, shrunken and shaking, bespoke the sufferings of the troop.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
His book lay open on the table and he was humped over it, hand in his hair.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
I glimpsed old King in the tonneau, and Weaver humped over the wheel in an unpleasantly businesslike fashion.
"The Range Dwellers" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

Or, mebby-so, you think he'll jump
That little three-foot railin':
When all he does is stop and hump,
And stay--while you go sailin'.
"The Bronco" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
A' at ance, afore ever he kent, a han'
Touch'd the hump that was on his back,
An', turnin' roun', no a yaird frae himsel'
Was a man that was cled in black."
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
They'd better bi hawf have a hump o' ther rig,
Or be favvor'd as ill as old Flew;
If ther temper is sweet, chaps 'll net care a fig,
Tho' his wife may have one ee or two.
"What It Comes To" by John Hartley
And nobody sees good or evil but out of a brain a hundred
centuries quieted, some desert
Prophet's, a man humped like a camel, gone mad between the mud-
walled village and the mountain sepulchres.
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers
There on the hills should I behold,
Sitting upon an old gray stone
That humps its back up through the mold,
And piping in a monotone,
Pan, as he sat in days of old,
My joy would bid surprise begone!
""If I Could Glimpse Him"" by John Charles McNeill
All the night gave her, in return
For the paltry gift of her bulk and the beat
Of her heart was the humped indifferent iron
Of its hills, and its pastures bordered by black stone set
On black stone. Barns
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Getting over the hump .
The Giants and getting over the November ' hump .
Weepu gets over the hump .
3 Xaverian over the hump .
But the deals offered by a trio of local restaurants should give you some reason to cheer Hump Day, besides the fact there are only two more work days before the weekend.
It's ' hump week' of Tide's preseason camp, Nick Saban says.
Star Studded ' Hump Day' at Packers Training Camp.
It was hump day of the practice week and faces in the crowd included former Packers GM Ron Wolf, John Madden and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Hump Day Lot In Santa Monica To Feature Food Trucks Each Week.
Today is hump day in Winter Park and everywhere else, but tomorrow may present the REAL humps to overcome.
Bulldogs need to get over SEC West hump .
Nets trade for Johnson 'got me over the hump '.
It's half off Hump day again.
Hump day this week will be a full day of diverse activities for federal employees.
India allows US to recover World War II airmen's remains from the Hump .

In science:

In the Magellanic clouds the extinction rises monotonically in the UV with no hump.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The small hump at large cluster sizes is always present because the clusters cannot contain more than all of the vertices.
Random Geometric Graphs
It is not clear yet why the extraterrestrial GRBs form a 2-humped set.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: their Sources
A hump provide an unacceptable fit for these GRB.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
We found that z∼0.7 improves the quality of the fit using the G and Q1 models, because the 2175 ˚A hump moves out of the observed frequency range.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows