Hypertext Webster Gateway: "stump"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Stump \Stump\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stumped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop.

Around the stumped top soft moss did grow. --Dr. H.

2. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something
fixed; to stub. [Colloq.]

3. To challenge; also, to nonplus. [Colloq.]

4. 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. [Colloq. U.S.]

5. (Cricket)
(a) 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. --T. Hughes.
(b) To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket.

A herd of boys with clamor bowled, And stumped
the wicket. --Tennyson.

{To stump it}.
(a) To go afoot; hence, to run away; to escape. [Slang]
--Ld. Lytton.
(b) To make electioneering speeches. [Colloq. U.S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Stump \Stump\, n. [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G.
stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to
E. stamp.]
1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after
the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub.

2. 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.

3. pl. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps. [Slang]

4. (Cricket) One of the three pointed rods stuck in the
ground to form a wicket and support the bails.

5. 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.

6. 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

{Leg stump} (Cricket), the stump nearest to the batsman.

{Off stump} (Cricket), the stump farthest from the batsman.

{Stump tracery} (Arch.), a term used to describe late German
Gothic tracery, in which the molded bar seems to pass
through itself in its convolutions, and is then cut off
short, so that a section of the molding is seen at the end
of each similar stump.

{To go on the stump}, or {To take the stump}, to engage in
making public addresses for electioneering purposes; -- a
phrase derived from the practice of using a stump for a
speaker's platform in newly-settled districts. Hence also
the phrases stump orator, stump speaker, stump speech,
stump oratory, etc. [Colloq. U.S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Stump \Stump\, v. i.
To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.

{To stump up}, to pay cash. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree
has been felled [syn: {tree stump}]
2: the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is
3: (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the
4: a platform raised above the surrounding level to give
prominence to the person on it [syn: {dais}, {podium}, {pulpit},
{rostrum}, {ambo}, {soapbox}]
v 1: cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped
her" [syn: {mix up}]
2: walk heavily; "The men stomped through the snow i their
heavy boots" [syn: {stomp}, {stamp}]
3: travel through a district and make political speeches; "the
candidate stumped the Northeast"
4: remove tree stumps from; "stump a field"

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