What does PUMP mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pump(noun)

    a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction

  2. heart, pump, ticker(noun)

    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"

  3. pump(verb)

    a low-cut shoe without fastenings

  4. pump(verb)

    operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal

    "pump the gas pedal"

  5. pump(verb)

    deliver forth

    "pump bullets into the dummy"

  6. pump(verb)

    draw or pour with a pump

  7. pump(verb)

    supply in great quantities

    "Pump money into a project"

  8. pump(verb)

    flow intermittently

  9. pump(verb)

    move up and down

    "The athlete pumps weights in the gym"

  10. pump(verb)

    raise (gases or fluids) with a pump

  11. pump(verb)

    question persistently

    "She pumped the witnesses for information"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pump(noun)

    a low shoe with a thin sole

  2. Pump(noun)

    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

  3. Pump(verb)

    to raise with a pump, as water or other liquid

  4. Pump(verb)

    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

  5. Pump(verb)

    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

  6. Pump(verb)

    to work, or raise water, a pump

  7. Origin: [Probably so called as being worn for pomp or ornament. See Pomp.]


  1. Pump

    A pump is a device that moves fluids, or sometimes slurries, by mechanical action. Pumps can be classified into three major groups according to the method they use to move the fluid: direct lift, displacement, and gravity pumps. Pumps operate by some mechanism, and consume energy to perform mechanical work by moving the fluid. Pumps operate via many energy sources, including manual operation, electricity, engines, or wind power.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pump

    pump, n. a machine for raising water and other fluids to a higher level: a machine for drawing out or forcing in air.—v.t. to raise with a pump: to draw out information by artful questions.—v.i. to work a pump: to raise water by pumping.—ns. Pump′age, the amount pumped; Pump′-barr′el, the cylinder which forms the body of a pump.—pa.p. Pumped (coll.), out of breath, panting—sometimes with out.—ns. Pump′er; Pump′-gear, the various parts which make up a pump; Pump′-hand′le, the lever by means of which the pump is worked; Pump′-head, -hood, a frame covering the upper wheel of a chain-pump, serving to guide the water into the discharge-spout; Pump′ing-en′gine, any form of motor for operating a pump; Pump′-rod, the rod by which the handle is fixed to the bucket which moves up and down inside; Pump′-room, the apartment at a mineral spring in which the waters are drunk; Pump′-well, a well from which water is got by pumping.—Pump ship, to urinate. [O. Fr. pompe (cf. Ger. pumpe); perh. conn. with plump.]

  2. Pump

    pump, n. a thin-soled shoe used in dancing.—adj. Pumped, wearing pumps. [Prob. Fr. pompe, ornament, show, from Teut., cf. Ger. pumphosen, wide pantaloons.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pump

    A well-known machine used for drawing water from the sea, or discharging it from the ship's pump-well.--Chain-pump, consists of a long chain, equipped with a sufficient number of metal discs armed with leather, fitting the cylinders closely, and placed at proper distances, which, working upon two wheels, one above deck and the other below, in the bottom of the hold, passes downward through a copper or wooden tube, and returning upward through another, continuously lifts portions of water. It is worked by a long winch-handle, at which several men may be employed at once; and it thus discharges more water in a given time than the common pump, and with less labour.--Main pumps. The largest pumps in a ship, close to the main-mast, in contradistinction to bilge pumps, which are smaller, and intended to raise the water from the bilges when a ship is laying over so that it cannot run to the main pump-well. Hand-pump, is the distinctive appellation of the common small pump. Superseded by Downton and others.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PUMP in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PUMP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of PUMP in a Sentence

  1. Krista Gray:

    A baby can always get more milk than a pump can.

  2. Romesh Kalita:

    Even if we hire a pump and get water, it isn't enough.

  3. Jesse Hartness:

    If you're dependent on a hand pump, they will be broken.

  4. Gennadiy Goldberg:

    Consumers are putting the money they save at the pump to work.

  5. Molly Burdick:

    It made the healthy parts of my heart stronger and pump a lot better.

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