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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stump remove tree stumps from "stump a field"
    • v stump cause to be perplexed or confounded "This problem stumped her"
    • v stump travel through a district and make political speeches "the candidate stumped the Northeast"
    • v stump walk heavily "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots"
    • n stump a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
    • n stump (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket
    • n stump the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed
    • n stump the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stump A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to throwing the bolt, except when the gates of the tumblers are properly arranged, as by the key; a fence; also, a pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.
    • Stump A short, thick roll of leather or paper, cut to a point, or any similar implement, used to rub down the lines of a crayon or pencil drawing, in shading it, or for shading drawings by producing tints and gradations from crayon, etc., in powder.
    • Stump (Cricket) One of the three pointed rods stuck in the ground to form a wicket and support the bails.
    • Stump The legs; as, to stir one's stumps .
    • Stump The part of a limb or other body remaining after a part is amputated or destroyed; a fixed or rooted remnant; a stub; as, the stump of a leg, a finger, a tooth, or a broom.
    • Stump The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub.
    • Stump (Cricket) To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket.
    • Stump To challenge; also, to nonplus.
    • Stump To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop. "Around the stumped top soft moss did grow."
    • Stump (Cricket) To put (a batsman) out of play by knocking off the bail, or knocking down the stumps of the wicket he is defending while he is off his allotted ground; -- sometimes with out.
    • Stump To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something fixed; to stub.
    • Stump To travel over, delivering speeches for electioneering purposes; as, to stump a State, or a district. See To go on the stump, under Stump n.
    • v. i Stump To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stump The truncated lower end of a tree or large shrub; the part of a vegetable trunk or stem of some size left rooted in the ground when the main part falls or is cut down; after eradication, the stub with the attached roots; used absolutely, the stub of a tree: as, the stump of an oak; cabbage-stumps; to clear a field of stumps.
    • n stump A truncated part of anything extended in length; that part which remains after the main or more important part has been removed; a stub: as, the stump of a limb; the stump of a tooth; a cigar-stump.
    • n stump plural Legs: as, to stir one's stumps.
    • n stump A post.
    • n stump One of the three posts constituting a wicket in the game of cricket. They are called respectively the leg-stump (next to which the batsman stands), middle stump, and off-stump. Their lower ends are pointed so as to be easily driven into the ground; the height at which they stand when fixed is 27 inches, and the width of the three, including the space between them, 8 inches. The top of each stump is grooved, and in the grooves the two small pieces of wood called bails, each 4 inches long, are laid from stump to stump.
    • n stump A rubbing instrument used for toning the lights and shades of crayon- or charcoal-drawings, and sometimes for softening or broadening the lines of pencil-drawings and for applying solid tints with powdered colors. It is a short thick roll of paper or soft leather, or a bar of india-rubber, pointed at both ends.
    • n stump In a lock, a projection on which a dog, fence, or tumbler rests. Sometimes it is introduced to prevent the improper retraction of the bolt, and sometimes to guide a moving part.
    • n stump A place or an occasion of popular political oratory; a political rostrum or platform; hence, partizan public speaking; popular advocacy of a cause: as, to take the stump, or go on the stump, for a candidate. This meaning of the word arose from the frequent early use in the United States of a tree-stump as a rostrum in open-air political meetings. It does not necessarily convey a derogatory implication.
    • n stump In coal-mining, a small pillar of coal left between the gangway or airway and the breasts to protect these passages; any small pillar.
    • n stump A blunted sound; a sound which seems to be suddenly cut off or stopped: a thud.
    • n stump A challenge or defiance to do something considered impracticable, very difficult, or very daring—that is, something to stump the person attempting it.
    • n stump In entomology, a very short vein or nervure of the wing, arising from another vein, and suddenly ending without emitting branches.
    • n stump Of worms, a foot-stump. See parapodium, 1.
    • stump Stumped; stumpy; truncated; like a stump or stub: as, a dog with a stump tail.
    • stump Of or pertaining to the stump in the political sense: as, a stump speech or speaker; stump eloquence.
    • stump To truncate; lop; reduce to a stump.
    • stump To strike unexpectedly and sharply, as the foot or toes, against something fixed; stub: as, to stump one's toe against a stone.
    • stump To bring to a halt by obstacle or impediment; block the course of; stall; foil: of American origin, from the obstruction to vehicles offered by stumps left in a cleared tract without a road.
    • stump Hence To challenge or dare to do something difficult, dangerous, or adventurous.
    • stump To make stump speeches in or to; canvass or address with stump oratory: as, to stump a county or a constituency.
    • stump In cricket: To knock down a stump or the stumps of.
    • stump To put (a batsman) out by knocking down his wicket with the ball when, in an attempt to hit the ball, he has gone off the ground allotted to him: sometimes with out: as, he was stumped, or stumped out.
    • stump Hence To defeat; impoverish; ruin.
    • stump To pay on the spot; plank down; hand over: generally with up.
    • stump In art, to use a stump upon; tone or modify by the application of a stump: as, to stump a crayon-or charcoal-drawing.
    • stump In hat-making. to stretch out (a felted wool hat) after the operation of washing, and prior to drying.
    • stump To walk stiffly, heavily, or noisily, as if on stumps or wooden legs.
    • stump To make stump speeches; conduct electioneering by public speaking; make harangues from the stump. See stump, n., 8.
    • stump To travel about making stump speeches.
    • n stump In a hinge which it is desired should fold in one direction only, the projecting lug on one half which engages with the face of the other and precludes the undesired motion.
    • n stump The local name given to the tower of St. Botolph's Church, Boston, England. It is in perpendicular Gothic style, 288 feet high, and slightly resembles the tower of Antwerp Cathedral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stump stump the part of a tree left in the ground after the trunk is cut down: the part of a body remaining after a part is cut off or destroyed:
    • v.t Stump to reduce to a stump, to truncate, to cut off a part of: to strike unexpectedly, as the foot against something fixed: : :
    • v.i Stump to walk along heavily: to make stump-speeches
    • n Stump (slang) cash
    • n Stump stump (cricket) one of the three sticks forming a wicket
    • v.t Stump (cricket) to knock down the wickets when the batsman is out of his ground: to bring to a stop by means of some obstacle or other, to defeat, ruin
    • v.t Stump (U.S.) to challenge to do something difficult: to make stump-speeches throughout a district, constituency, &c.
    • v.t Stump (slang) to pay down, hand over (with up)
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “He said that he felt like the boy that stumped his toe,it hurt too bad to laugh, and he was too big to cry.”


Beyond the black stump - (AU) An Australian idiom idicating that even if you go as far as you can, the black stump is still a little further.
On the stump - When politicians are campaigning for support and votes, they are on the stump.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stumpe, stompe,; akin to D. stomp, G. stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to E. stamp,


In literature:

Robin thanked him, and was about to take the cheese when Stumps snatched it up, and ran out of the room with it, laughing coarsely as he went.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
And they marched proudly up to the stump where Peter Mink still stood.
"The Tale of Peter Mink" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He walked around the tree several times to make sure and then mounted a nearby stump.
"Hazel Squirrel and Other Stories" by Howard B. Famous
So I sat down on a stump.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
In the language of my boyhood I was up a stump.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Then she prepared herself to copy digits with her stump of a pencil.
"Americans All" by Various
It was a crisis for romance as he faced her across the old vine-covered stump.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
Oh, Stumps, did you get 'em, Stumps?
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
Finally, he settled on a spot under an old burnt stump as a likely spot for the den.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
There, tied to a cedar-stump, was Darkie.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

Full many a marsh-fire lured me on,
I reached at many a star,
I reached and grasped them and behold -
The stump of a cigar!
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Some waggish youths a stump had drest
With buckler, halbert, helm, and crest,
And nailed firmly 'gainst the wall,
It seem'd a warrior stout and tall.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
"Well," murmured One, "when in my ashen Shroud
My Stump descends to meet the shrieking Crowd,
I yet may know that in the Fire of Hell
There stands no Placard, 'Smoking Not Allowed.'"
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Now young men and maids, if ye'll listen to me,
I'll give you some counsel all gratis and free--
Young men if you want to be happy in life,
Remember Bill Stumps, and look out for a wife.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - IV" by E W Bowling
The Chaplain advances with reverent face,
Where lies a felled oak, he has chosen his place;
On the stump of an ash-tree the Bible he lays,
And they bow on the grass, as he solemnly prays.
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
And don't let the children go roamin' o' night,
But keep 'em at home for their faither's delight;
And I hope you may all be as happy and jolly,
In your Bedfordshire homes, as Bill Stumps and his Polly!
"Bedfordshire Ballad - IV" by E W Bowling

In news:

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Phil Davison, Local GOP Candidate in Ohio, Gives Screeching Stump Speech.
The other three GOP presidential candidates are stumping in Florida ahead of the Jan 31 primary, a winner-take-all-delegates affair.
'Stump' is best in show winner at Westminster.
Obama tries new tack in stump speech .
Democrat Critiques A Romney Stump Speech .
Scott Stump TODAY contributor Published: December 11, 2012.
Mara stumps for votes in 2011.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, stumping in Wisconsin for President Obama over the weekend, got caught in a political battle over which candidate is turning out the early vote.
The game follows two Navy Seals code named Preacher and Stump.
Beau Biden Stumps in City.
First Lady stumps for Beshear in Brownsboro.
"It goes without saying that there is definitely media bias ," said Paul Ryan on the stump, claiming that most people in media "want a left-of-center president.
In addition to the New Hampshire event and his lauded speech at last month's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, he has stumped on Obama's behalf in Florida.
Why are evangelicals like Billy Graham and Ralph Reed stumping for Mitt Romney.

In science:

Proof. (i) The proof is left to the reader. (ii) Let σ be a non-empty stump.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
We let ρ be the non-empty stump such that, for i=0 σK (i) .
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
We let τ be the nonempty stump such that τ 0 = H(σ), and, for each n, τ n+1 = H(τ n ⊕ τ n ).
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
Use (i) and Theorem 3.10(ii). (iii) Let σ be a stump.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
Find hereditarily increasing stumps τ , ρ such that σ ≤ τ < ρ.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective