• WordNet 3.6
    • v pump question persistently "She pumped the witnesses for information"
    • v pump deliver forth "pump bullets into the dummy"
    • v pump operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal "pump the gas pedal"
    • v pump raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
    • v pump move up and down "The athlete pumps weights in the gym"
    • v pump draw or pour with a pump
    • v pump flow intermittently
    • v pump supply in great quantities "Pump money into a project"
    • n pump a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
    • n pump a low-cut shoe without fastenings
    • n pump the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body "he stood still, his heart thumping wildly"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R
Ice plant compression pumps Ice plant compression pumps
Bull's Pumping Engine Bull's Pumping Engine
Cornish Pumping-Engine Cornish Pumping-Engine
Section Worthinton Pumping-Engine Section Worthinton Pumping-Engine
Worthington Pumping-Engine Worthington Pumping-Engine
Double-Cylinder Pumping-Engine Double-Cylinder Pumping-Engine
pump and chauffeur pump and chauffeur

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one minute, the heart of a giraffe can pump 160 gallons of blood
    • n Pump pŭmp A low shoe with a thin sole.
    • n Pump An hydraulic machine, variously constructed, for raising or transferring fluids, consisting essentially of a moving piece or piston working in a hollow cylinder or other cavity, with valves properly placed for admitting or retaining the fluid as it is drawn or driven through them by the action of the piston.☞ for various kinds of pumps, see Air pump Chain pump, and Force pump; also, under Lifting Plunger Rotary, etc.
    • Pump Figuratively, to draw out or obtain, as secrets or money, by persistent questioning or plying; to question or ply persistently in order to elicit something, as information, money, etc. "But pump not me for politics."
    • Pump To draw water, or the like, from; to from water by means of a pump; as, they pumped the well dry; to pump a ship.
    • Pump To raise with a pump, as water or other liquid.
    • v. i Pump To work, or raise water, a pump.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each day 400 gallons of recycled blood are pumped through the kidneys
    • n pump One of several kinds of hydraulic and pneumatic machines. A hydraulic machine for raising liquids from a lower to a higher level through a pipe or passage by means of one or more pistons or plungers (with or without valves), or analogues of these devices, working in, or in correlation with, one or more pump-barrels, pump-stocks, chambers, or confined spaces. Of this class the common single-acting house-pump, the details of which are shown in the cut, is a familiar example.
    • n pump [⟨ pump, verb] An artful effort to extract or elicit information, as by indirect question or remark.
    • pump To work a pump; raise water or other liquid with a pump.
    • pump To raise with a pump: as, to pump water.
    • pump To free from water or other fluid by means of a pump or pumps: as, to pump a ship.
    • pump To elicit or draw out by or as by artful interrogation: as, to pump out secrets.
    • pump To subject to a pumping process for the purpose of extracting, procuring, or obtaining something, such as money, information, or secrets.
    • n pump A low shoe or slipper, with a single unwelted sole, and without a heel, or with a very low heel, worn chiefly for dancing.
    • pump To throb; beat.
    • pump To issue in intermittent jets, as blood from a wounded artery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood
    • n Pump pump a machine for raising water and other fluids to a higher level: a machine for drawing out or forcing in air
    • v.t Pump to raise with a pump: to draw out information by artful questions
    • v.i Pump to work a pump: to raise water by pumping
    • n Pump pump a thin-soled shoe used in dancing
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  • Grant Show
    Grant Show
    “I think that there were only two people in my high school that were comfortable there, and I think they are both pumping gas now.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. pomp, G. pumpe, F. pompe,; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Fr. pompe, ornament, show, from Teut., cf. Ger. pumphosen, wide pantaloons.


In literature:

In front of Girard's little store on Water Street there was a pump, patronized by the neighbors.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Then with a sudden effort of will she walked out and across the yard, to the pump in the far corner.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In the morning, after grub line-up, they lost no time in going to the pump.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Drenched and beaten, utterly exhausted, he lay like a limp rag, until three men had spent their strength upon the pump.
"The Arena" by Various
By the time the cargo space was again pumped empty and the great door opened to the vastness of space, Hoddan had a very broad view of things.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
What did you try to pump Tremere for, after you saw what he was up to?
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Be sure to return the pump every night.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
It remained for Bruce to gather up Banule's scattered tools, drain the pumps, and nail the pump-house door.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
From the end s, the pipe pp' passes to an air-pump.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Do you think the men of our regiment are not going to do their duty, and work away at the pumps as long as the pumps will work?
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Thy crimson stockings all of silk,
With golde all wrought above the knee,
Thy pumps as white as was the milk
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
Aloof from all the lordly flockings
Of titled swells who worshipped her,
There stood, in pumps and cotton stockings,
One humble lover - OLIVER.
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ditherum Dump he lived behund th' pump,
An he grummel'd throo mornin to neet;
An he sed fowk neglect one they owt to respect,
An blow me, if aw think 'at its reet!
"Ditherum Dump" by John Hartley
By the side of yon river he weeps and he slumps,
The boots fill with water, as if they were pumps,
Till, sated with rapture, he steals to his bed,
With a glow in his heart and a cold in his head.
"Lines -- for Berkshire Jubilee, Aug. 23, 1844" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
We thought about the bulk-'eads, we wondered if they'd last,
An' the cook 'e started groanin', an' repentin' of the past;
But thinkin' an' groanin', oh they wouldn't shift the water,
So we got the pumps a-workin', same as British seamen oughter.
"The Ballad Of The Resurrection Packet" by Cicely Fox Smith
So we goes up, an' finds 'em both fair dazed
About this little Smith; they think 'e's crazed.
I tells the tale in words they understand;
Then it was grand
To see Dad grab Smith's 'and an' pump it good,
An' Mar, she kissed 'im, like I said she would.
"Digger Smith" by C J Dennis

In news:

He retired from Chem Pump on July 31, 1907.
The country used to pump 370,000 barrels a day of the stuff, but finds its reserves running drier by the week.
What better way to get you pumped up for the show then an official lyric video of Born Of Osiris covering System Of A Down's "Science.".
Jean Michel Cazabat's Clara Pumps.
Description Find the breast pump that is right for you.
Acne cream tax -sheltered but not breast pump.
but I definitely want to pump because it's the best nutrients for the baby.
Pumped-up prices at the gas station.
Lorena officials Thursday hit the switches to start pumping sludge from its 30-year-old treatment plant to a new regional facility.
The Bush administration and federal banking regulators joined with the nation's four largest banks Monday to endorse a new way to pump money into the battered US mortgage market.
AT&T to Pump Billions Into Networks.
The Cadiz Valley water project would pump groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave Desert.
On Tuesday both pumps were operational, drawing hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh water from a canal that connects to the river.
This carb also experiences a lean stumble out of the box, though it recovers much more quickly than the other carburetors , and we might be able to remedy the issue with accelerator-pump-squirter or power-valve-spring mods.
AZ drivers paying less at the pump.

In science:

Detailed calculations are needed to find whether Ekman pumping operates during the burst.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
An alternative means of exciting these HCN transitions is by radiative pumping by the IR radiation from the star.
HCN in the inner envelope of {chi} Cygni
Its critical pumping rate can be also obtained.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
In this case, when we increase the pumping rate Pr , we find the P2 will lase first, then P1 .
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
Since localized states have large Q values, will lase with a small pumping rate.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization