• The Jumping Mouse
    The Jumping Mouse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jump go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    • v jump rise in rank or status "Her new novel jumped high on the bestseller list"
    • v jump increase suddenly and significantly "Prices jumped overnight"
    • v jump pass abruptly from one state or topic to another "leap into fame","jump to a conclusion","jump from one thing to another"
    • v jump bypass "He skipped a row in the text and so the sentence was incomprehensible"
    • v jump enter eagerly into "He jumped into the game"
    • v jump make a sudden physical attack on "The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"
    • v jump start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery
    • v jump move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm "She startled when I walked into the room"
    • v jump move forward by leaps and bounds "The horse bounded across the meadow","The child leapt across the puddle","Can you jump over the fence?"
    • v jump cause to jump or leap "the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop"
    • v jump jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute
    • v jump run off or leave the rails "the train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks"
    • v jump jump down from an elevated point "the parachutist didn't want to jump","every year, hundreds of people jump off the Golden Gate bridge","the widow leapt into the funeral pyre"
    • v jump be highly noticeable
    • n jump the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground "he advanced in a series of jumps","the jumping was unexpected"
    • n jump descent with a parachute "he had done a lot of parachuting in the army"
    • n jump a sudden involuntary movement "he awoke with a start"
    • n jump (film) an abrupt transition from one scene to another
    • n jump an abrupt transition "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"
    • n jump a sudden and decisive increase "a jump in attendance"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Devil's Jumps, beyond Frensham Pond The Devil's Jumps, beyond Frensham Pond
The Devil's Jumps, from Frensham Common The Devil's Jumps, from Frensham Common
A man jumps from one steam locomotive to another A man jumps from one steam locomotive to another
The Cow jumped over the Moon, The Cow jumped over the Moon,
A dog jumps through a hoop and forms a letter Q A dog jumps through a hoop and forms a letter Q
Little Black Sambo jumped up and called out Little Black Sambo jumped up and called out

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An elephant cannot jump
    • Jump (Mining) A dislocation in a stratum; a fault.
    • Jump A jump-start; as, to get a jump from a passing mmotorist.
    • n jump jŭmp A kind of loose jacket for men.
    • Jump (Arch) An abrupt interruption of level in a piece of brickwork or masonry.
    • Jump An effort; an attempt; a venture. "Our fortune lies
      Upon this jump ."
    • adv Jump Exactly; pat.
    • a Jump Nice; exact; matched; fitting; precise. "Jump names."
    • Jump The act of jumping; a leap; a spring; a bound. "To advance by jumps ."
    • Jump The space traversed by a leap.
    • Jump (Quarrying) To bore with a jumper.
    • Jump To cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch.
    • jump To coincide; to agree; to accord; to tally; -- followed by with. "It jumps with my humor."
    • Jump To expose to danger; to risk; to hazard. "To jump a body with a dangerous physic."
    • Jump (Smithwork) To join by a butt weld.
    • jump To move as if by jumping; to bounce; to jolt. "The jumping chariots.""A flock of geese jump down together."
    • Jump To pass over by means of a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream.
    • jump To spring free from the ground by the muscular action of the feet and legs; to project one's self through the air; to spring; to bound; to leap. "Not the worst of the three but jumps twelve foot and a half by the square."
    • Jump (Smithwork) To thicken or enlarge by endwise blows; to upset.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Elephants are the only Mammals that can't jump.
    • jump To rise off one's feet by a sudden muscular effort; throw one's self in any direction with both feet raised from the ground; spring from the ground or from any support; leap: as, to jump up and down; to jump over a hurdle.
    • jump To go or move with a leap or with leaps; spring quickly; hence, figuratively, to jolt; throb violently, etc.
    • jump To go along; agree; tally; coincide: followed by with.
    • jump To meet accidentally.
    • jump Synonyms and Leap, Spring, etc. See skip.
    • jump To pass by a leap; spring or leap over; pass over suddenly or hastily: as, to jump a stream.
    • jump To give a jumping motion to; move with a spring or bound; propel by a jump or jumps; drive onward: as, to jump a child up and down.
    • jump To skip over; pass by or neglect; give no heed to; act or proceed in disregard of: as, to jump all minor considerations; to jump a claim (which see, below).
    • jump To drive forward or through as if by leaps; act upon or about impetuously.
    • jump In the game of checkers, to pass by or skip over (an opposing man) in moving. The man which is jumped is removed from the board.
    • jump Among sportsmen, to start or cause to start; cause to leap or spring, as game from a cover; flush.
    • jump In forging, to upset or shape, as a bar or rod, by endwise blows. A transverse piece forged on the end of a bar is said to be jumped on.
    • jump To risk or hazard.
    • n jump The act of jumping; a leap; a spring; a bound; hence, a passing over; an omission: as, a high jump; the jump of a gun; a jump of a whole century.
    • n jump A risk; a venture; a hazard.
    • n jump In geol, and mining, a slight fault or dislocation of a vein.
    • n jump In building, an abrupt rise in a level course of brickwork or masonary, to accommodate the work to the inequality of the ground.
    • n jump A kind of dance. Formerly also called dump.
    • jump Matched.
    • jump Exact; precise; nicely fitting.
    • jump Exactly; precisely; fitly.
    • n jump A garment of loose make, worn especially for undress. In the seventeenth century, a short loose coat.
    • n jump plural Toward the close of the eighteenth century, a kind of bodice for women, which apparently took the place of stays when the wearer was not carefully dressed. Also called jimps.
    • jump To estimate in the gross, as weight.
    • jump To get on or off (a train or boat in motion) by jumping: as, he jumped the express as it left the station.
    • jump In quarrying, to drill by means of a jumper or hand-drill.
    • n jump plural Nervous twitching of the body; delirium tremens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants can't jump.
    • v.i Jump jump to spring upward, or forward, or both: to bound: to pass to as by a leap: to agree, coincide (with)
    • v.t Jump to pass by a leap: to skip over: to cause to start, as game:—pr.p. jump′ing; pa.p. jumped
    • n Jump act of jumping: a bound, a hazard
    • adv Jump (Shak.) exactly
    • n Jump a loose garment: overall.
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  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he does not know how wide it is, he will jump, and six times out of ten he will make it.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “Don't jump on a man unless he is down.”
  • Ray Bradbury
    Ray Bradbury
    “You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.”
  • Buck Williams
    Buck Williams
    “It's not who jumps the highest -- it's who wants it the most”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people jumping up and down for joy.”


Hop, skip, and a jump - If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump from somewhere, it's only a short distance away.
Jump down someone's throat - If you jump down someone's throat, you criticise or chastise them severely.
Jump on the bandwagon - If people jump on the bandwagon, they get involved in something that has recently become very popular.
Jump ship - If you leave a company or institution for another because it is doing badly, you are jumping ship.
Jump the broom - To jump the broom is to marry. (Jump over the broom, jump over the broomstick, jump the broomstick are also used.)
Jump the gun - If you jump the gun, you start doing something before the appropriate time.
Jump the shark - Said of a salient point in a television show or other activity at which the popularity thereof begins to wane: The Flintstones jumped the shark when a man from outer space came to visit them. The expression derives from an episode of the television sitcom 'Happy Days' in which Fonzie, clad in leather jacket and on water skis, jumps over a shark. That episode was widely seen as the beginning of the end for the formerly popular series.
Jump the track - Jumping the track is suddenly changing from one plan, activity, idea, etc, to another.
Jump through hoops - If you are prepared to jump through hoops for someone, you are prepared to make great efforts and sacrifices for them.
Jump to a conclusion - If someone jumps to a conclusion, they evaluate or judge something without a sufficient examination of the facts.
Jumping Judas! - An expression of surprise or shock.
Queue jumping - Someone who goes to the front of a queue instead of waiting is jumping the queue.
See which way the cat jumps - (AU) If you see which way the cat jumps, you postpone making a decision or acting until you have seen how things are developing.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to OD. gumpen, dial. G. gumpen, jumpen,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
More prob. a thing to be jumped or slipped on, than from Fr. jupe, a petticoat, skirt.


In literature:

It was some time later when Nimble jumped back over the wall and landed lightly on the ledge that ran alongside it.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
Now, when he tittered, Jimmy Rabbit had jumped back behind the tree round which he had been peeping.
"The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He jumped on his legs and gave a loud huzzah.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was rather too wide to jump, but Wesakchak decided to make a running jump and see if he could get across.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
As Joe jumped out of the net to get ready for his next act, he saw Benny Turton leap off his platform to dive into the tank of water.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
They was so scared they might do anything, jump in the big waters.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
So the little boy jumped down, and the little girl jumped down, and the dog jumped down, and the cat jumped down, and the rooster flew down.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
Those who succeed turn around and jump back with a standing jump instead of a running jump.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Without pausing a moment she jumped to her feet and ran up the path that led from the bottom of the ravine to the hilltop.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
But he jumped up very suddenly.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

In poetry:

But I jumped to feel how sharp had been
The pain when it did live,
How the faded dreams of Nineteen-ten
Were Hell in Nineteen-five.
"The One Before The Last" by Rupert Brooke
Then he slippit the shillin' into his han',
An' steppit alang the brae;
But what made Mungo jump up an' dance,
Like schule weans at their play?
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
"Oh, do-do-do!" cooed someone else,
And clasped her hands to her chin.
"I should so love to see the white bodies—
All the white bodies jump in!"
"Night-Scented Stock" by Katherine Mansfield
Little Bo-Peep woke out of her sleep,
Jump'd up and set out to find them:
"The silly things! they've got no wings,
And they've left their trails behind them!
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
So Billy went up to the main-top gallant mast,
And down he fell on bended knee.
He scarce had come to the twelfth commandment
when up he jumps. "There's land I see:
"Little Billee" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Now, Hynam, my boy, I wish you great joy,
I know that when fresh you can jump, sir;
But you'll scarce be in clover, when you're ridden all over,
And punished from shoulder to rump, sir.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Bungee -Jumping in the New Economy.
Stag-do bungee jump prank goes viral.
A second Mona Lisa, salt sculptures, tower jumping, a pesticide burial site and more in the day in photos.
Man jumps out window, goes back inside burning house.
Finally, the real reason you should hop out of your leopard-print Snuggie and jump into those inappropriate short shorts on a Thursday night.
Check out the follow up to "The Sound Of Winter" after the jump.
I'm not so sure they're really jumping up and down in celebration of this in the Caribbean.
Housing Starts jumped 12.7% from August to September.
Producing the second best August-to-September jump since records started being kept in 1945.
A report on the Small Business Administration's loan guarantee program shows a sharp jump in the default rate.
Jump on the buzzword bandwagon.
The dog jumped on the 31-year-old woman's chest and bit her hand and thigh, police said.
When 97-seven-year-old Michigan resident Sophie Thomas was surrounded by four growling pit bulls and bitten by one, her cat Tiger jumped into the fray then bolted for the nearby garage.
In 1819, Wooster was considered the "jumping off" point for the American frontier.
That dog really has some jump rope jumping talent.

In science:

RHP’s, one with jump on Σ and the other with jump on the discrete set.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation
These jumps are more pronounced for moments Gn (τ ) of increasing order n because the contribution of the rare events is enhanced and the average is determined by a few configurations that can include such jumps.
Quenched bond dilution in two-dimensional Potts models
From then on when an active particle jumps on a sleeping particle, the latter wakes up and starts jumping independently, also performing a SRW.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
Mirza et al. induced various social networks by applying various ‘jump’ specifications of how individuals in the affiliation network representatio n of R are to be connected in the resulting social network graph Gs (Fig. 4b). A jump is a function J : R 7→ S , where S ⊆ P × P .
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
For example, recommendation algorithm A can be compared to recommendation algorithm B by the number of people connected by the jump that A models vs. the number of people connected by the jump that B models.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research