• WordNet 3.6
    • v thump hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument "the salesman pounded the door knocker","a bible-thumping Southern Baptist"
    • v thump move rhythmically "Her heart was beating fast"
    • v thump make a dull sound "the knocker thudded against the front door"
    • n thump a heavy blow with the hand
    • n thump a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thump A blow or knock, as with something blunt or heavy; a heavy fall. "The watchman gave so great a thump at my door, that I awaked at the knock."
    • Thump The sound made by the sudden fall or blow of a heavy body, as of a hammer, or the like. "The distant forge's swinging thump profound.""With heavy thump , a lifeless lump,
      They dropped down, one by one."
    • v. i Thump To give a thump or thumps; to strike or fall with a heavy blow; to pound. "A watchman at midnight thumps with his pole."
    • v. t Thump To strike or beat with something thick or heavy, or so as to cause a dull sound. "These bastard Bretons; whom our hathers
      Have in their own land beaten, bobbed, and thumped ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thump plural Beating of the chest in horses due to spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm. It is similar to hiccough in man.
    • n thump In machinery, the dull sound caused by lost motion at some joint where the stress is alternately in one direction and another, and the hole is slightly larger than the pin from wear or mal-adjustment.
    • thump To beat heavily, or with something thick and heavy.
    • thump To produce by a heavy blow or beating.
    • thump To beat; give a thump or blow.
    • n thump A heavy blow, or the sound made by such a blow; a blow with a club, the fist, or anything that gives a thick, heavy sound; a bang: as, to give one a thump.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thump thump a heavy blow
    • v.t Thump to beat with something heavy
    • v.i Thump to strike or fall with a dull, heavy blow
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    “I can be very polite, but I've found that doesn't always get a result. You have got to bang and thump tables.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably of imitative origin; perhaps influenced by dump, v. t


In literature:

Elmendorf could hear his heart thumping loud.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Three tremendous thumps upon the underside of the table gave affirmative answer.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Her heart thumped so loudly that there was a buzzing in her ears and her hands were icy cold.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
For an instant, her heart gave a quick thump, half of pity, half of loyalty and protecting affection.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
Again the lone note, thumped vigorously, sounded a staccato monotone.
"Iole" by Robert W. Chambers
Dick hardly thumped the pulpit at all and when he did it was only a measly little thump.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Soon he heard the thumping of human bodies on deck, and knew there was a fight going on.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
Thumped, thumped, thumped without stopping.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
PREMIER, with emphatic thump of the table that reminds it of GLADSTONE in his prime, stands by constitutional practice.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 29, 1914" by Various
Bumps, thumps and grindings.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster

In poetry:

At night Chinamen jump
on Asia with a thump
while in our willful way
we, in secret, play
"At Night Chinamen Jump" by Frank O Hara
Riches we knew; and well dressed dolls--
Dolls living--who expressed
No filial thoughts, however much
You thumped them in the chest.
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Shall gods be said to thump the clouds
When clouds are cursed by thunder,
Be said to weep when weather howls?
Shall rainbows be their tunics' colour?
"Shall gods be said to thump the clouds" by Dylan Thomas
So there the nice old lady sat,
With phials and boxes all in a row;
She asked the young doctor what he was at,
To thump her and tumble her ruffles so.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So having no reply to give
To what the old man said, I cried
'Come, tell me how you live!'
And thumped him on the head.
His accents mild took up the tale:
"The Knight's Song" by Lewis Carroll
“It would take a lot of praying, lots of thumping on the drum,
To prepare our sinful, straying, erring souls for Kingdom Come,
But I love my fellow-sinners! And I hope upon the whole,
That the Army gets a hearing when it prays for Watty’s soul.
"That Pretty Girl in the Army" by Henry Lawson

In news:

If true, then Martha Coakley is going to get thumped, according to Byron York's report.
Chest-thumping goalie celebrates prematurely .
Doug McDermott posted 24 points and seven rebounds as No 15 Creighton thumped Presbyterian , 87-58, in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Here's a dude in Lay­ton, UT thump­ing 1D 's "What Makes You Beau­ti­ful" on his.
Rams break losing streak by thumping WVU-Parkersburg.
One night after having their six-game winning streak broken, the Alaska Aces restored order by thumping the Utah Grizzlies, 8-4 on Saturday night.
MABANK – In a must-win game for both teams, the Ferris Jackets kept their playoff hopes alive by thumping the Mabank Panthers 8-4 on Friday, April 11.
Federer thumps Murray to set up final with Djokovic.
Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns to Sidney Rice and Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and a score, as the Seattle Seahawks thumped the New York Jets, 28-7, to stay undefeated at home.
It goes thump… thump, thump, thump…thump.
The DeKalb County Tigers won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night with a 47 to 19 thumping of the York Institute Dragons in Smithville.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are without their best player and their quarterback -- and they are thumping the Oakland Raiders.
Mallards Thump St Andrew's, 12-4.
Icky Thump opens with a wandering organ scale and a steady bass beat.
In the summer of 2007, shortly after the release of their sixth album Icky Thump, The White Stripes headed north of their hometown of Detroit to embark on an ambitious journey across Canada.

In science:

When a string with fixed two ends is plucked (like in guitars and harps) or bowed (like in violins) or thumped (like in pianos), a transverse standing wave pattern is formed along the string with the vibrating velocity in the direction perpendicular to the string.
Music in Terms of Science