What does jump mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jump, leapnoun

    a sudden and decisive increase

    "a jump in attendance"

  2. leap, jump, saltationnoun

    an abrupt transition

    "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"

  3. jumpnoun

    (film) an abrupt transition from one scene to another

  4. startle, jump, startnoun

    a sudden involuntary movement

    "he awoke with a start"

  5. jump, parachutingnoun

    descent with a parachute

    "he had done a lot of parachuting in the army"

  6. jump, jumpingverb

    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground

    "he advanced in a series of jumps"; "the jumping was unexpected"

  7. jump, leap, bound, springverb

    move forward by leaps and bounds

    "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?"

  8. startle, jump, startverb

    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

    "She startled when I walked into the room"

  9. jumpverb

    make a sudden physical attack on

    "The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"

  10. jumpverb

    increase suddenly and significantly

    "Prices jumped overnight"

  11. leap out, jump out, jump, stand out, stick outverb

    be highly noticeable

  12. jumpverb

    enter eagerly into

    "He jumped into the game"

  13. rise, jump, climb upverb

    rise in rank or status

    "Her new novel jumped high on the bestseller list"

  14. jump, leap, jump offverb

    jump down from an elevated point

    "the parachutist didn't want to jump"; "every year, hundreds of people jump off the Golden Gate bridge"; "the widow leapt into the funeral pyre"

  15. derail, jumpverb

    run off or leave the rails

    "the train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks"

  16. chute, parachute, jumpverb

    jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute

  17. jump, leapverb

    cause to jump or leap

    "the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop"

  18. jumpstart, jump-start, jumpverb

    start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery

  19. jump, pass over, skip, skip oververb


    "He skipped a row in the text and so the sentence was incomprehensible"

  20. leap, jumpverb

    pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

    "leap into fame"; "jump to a conclusion"; "jump from one thing to another"

  21. alternate, jumpverb

    go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions


  1. Jumpnoun

    A jump-start; as, to get a jump from a passing mmotorist.

  2. jumpnoun

    same as jump-start, n..

  3. jumpverb

    Same as jump-start, v. t..


  1. jumpnoun

    An instance of propelling oneself upwards.

    The boy took a skip and a jump down the lane.

  2. jumpnoun

    An instance of causing oneself to fall from an elevated location.

    There were a couple of jumps from th bridge.

  3. jumpnoun

    An instance of employing a parachute to leave an aircraft or elevated location.

    She was terrified before the jump, but was thrilled to be skydiving.

  4. jumpnoun

    An instance of reacting to a sudden stimulus by jerking the body.

  5. jumpnoun

    A jumping move in a board game.

  6. jumpnoun

    A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed it causes a video game character to jump (propel itself upwards).

  7. jumpnoun

    An obstacle that forms part of a showjumping course, and that the horse has to jump over cleanly.

    Heartless managed the scale the first jump but fell over the second.

  8. jumpnoun

    An early start or an advantage.

  9. jumpnoun

    A discontinuity in the graph of a function, where the function is continuous in a punctured interval of the discontinuity.

  10. jumpverb

    To propel oneself rapidly upward such that momentum causes the body to become airborne.

  11. jumpverb

    To cause oneself to leave an elevated location and fall downward.

    She is going to jump from the diving board.

  12. jumpverb

    To employ a parachute to leave an aircraft or elevated location.

  13. jumpverb

    To react to a sudden, often unexpected, stimulus (such as a sharp prick or a loud sound) by jerking the body violently.

    The sudden sharp sound made me jump.

  14. jumpverb

    To employ a move in certain board games where one game piece is moved from one legal position to another passing over the position of another piece.

    The player's knight jumped the opponent's bishop.

  15. jumpverb

    To move to a position in (a queue/line) that is further forward.

    I hate it when people jump the queue.

  16. jumpverb

    To attack suddenly and violently.

    The hoodlum jumped a woman in the alley.

  17. jumpverb

    To engage in sexual intercourse.

    The hoodlum jumped a woman in the alley.

  18. jumpverb

    To force to jump.

    The rider jumped the horse over the fence.

  19. jumpnoun

    A faster-than-light travel, not observable from the ordinary space.

  20. jumpverb

    To move the distance between two opposing subjects.

  21. jumpverb

    To increase the height of a tower crane by inserting a section at the base of the tower and jacking up everything above it.

  22. jumpverb

    To increase speed aggressively and without warning.

  23. jumpadverb

    exactly; precisely

  24. Etymology: From jumpen, probably of or origin, ultimately from gempanan, from gwʰemb-. Cognate with gumpen, jumpen, gumpen, gampen, gumpe, gumpa, gimpe, jumpren, jumbren. Related to jumble.


  1. Jump

    Jump to It is a 1982 song by American recording artist Aretha Franklin. The track is from her Gold-certified 1982 album, Jump to It, produced by Luther Vandross. The song was written by Vandross and Marcus Miller and features background vocals performed by Vandross and Cissy Houston. The single reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. "Jump to It" was Franklin's biggest pop hit since 1974, peaking at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1982. The upbeat song also reached No. 4 on the Billboard dance chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and several American Music Awards.


  1. jump

    Jump refers to a movement in which an individual or object propels itself up into the air or across a particular distance, commonly using their legs or a form of propulsion. In a more metaphorical sense, it can also refer to a sudden increase or change in a particular variable or circumstance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jumpnoun

    a kind of loose jacket for men

  2. Jumpnoun

    a bodice worn instead of stays by women in the 18th century

  3. Jumpverb

    to spring free from the ground by the muscular action of the feet and legs; to project one's self through the air; to spring; to bound; to leap

  4. Jumpverb

    to move as if by jumping; to bounce; to jolt

  5. Jumpverb

    to coincide; to agree; to accord; to tally; -- followed by with

  6. Jumpverb

    to pass by a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream

  7. Jumpverb

    to cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch

  8. Jumpverb

    to expose to danger; to risk; to hazard

  9. Jumpverb

    to join by a butt weld

  10. Jumpverb

    to thicken or enlarge by endwise blows; to upset

  11. Jumpverb

    to bore with a jumper

  12. Jumpnoun

    the act of jumping; a leap; a spring; a bound

  13. Jumpnoun

    an effort; an attempt; a venture

  14. Jumpnoun

    the space traversed by a leap

  15. Jumpnoun

    a dislocation in a stratum; a fault

  16. Jumpnoun

    an abrupt interruption of level in a piece of brickwork or masonry

  17. Jumpadjective

    nice; exact; matched; fitting; precise

  18. Jumpadverb

    exactly; pat

  19. Etymology: [Cf. F. jupe a long petticoat, a skirt. Cf. juppon.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jump

    jump, v.i. to spring upward, or forward, or both: to bound: to pass to as by a leap: to agree, coincide (with).—v.t. to pass by a leap: to skip over: to cause to start, as game:—pr.p. jump′ing; pa.p. jumped.—n. act of jumping: a bound, a hazard.—adv. (Shak.) exactly.—ns. Jump′er, one who jumps: a long iron drill or borer used in quarries and mines: (pl.) a term applied to certain Welsh Methodists (c. 1760), who jumped about in worship: Jump′ing-deer, the black-tailed American deer; Jump′ing-hare, a South African rodent, akin to the jerboas; Jump′-seat, a carriage-seat which may be moved backwards or forwards, so as to be used as single or double: a carriage with a movable seat; Count′er-jump′er, a draper's shopman.—Jump a claim (U.S.), to take land to which another already holds a claim; Jump at, to embrace with eagerness; Jump one's bail, to abscond, forfeiting one's bail; Jump over, to disregard, omit; Jump over the broomstick, to make an irregular marriage. [From a Teut. root seen in Sw. dial. gumpa, Middle High Ger. gumpen, to jump.]

  2. Jump

    jump, Jumper, jump′er, n. a loose garment: overall. [More prob. a thing to be jumped or slipped on, than from Fr. jupe, a petticoat, skirt.]

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  1. JUMP

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. JUMP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Jump is ranked #8286 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Jump surname appeared 3,999 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Jump.

    93.3% or 3,733 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 83 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 77 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 42 total occurrences were Black.
    0.4% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jump' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2225

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jump' in Verbs Frequency: #390

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jump in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jump in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of jump in a Sentence

  1. Sam Craven:

    If you don’t have insurance and you’re an individual in the home you live in, you need to jump online with FEMA and apply for support.

  2. Joel Kan:

    Purchase applications were down compared to last year, as ongoing inventory shortages and affordability challenges have cooled demand, coinciding with the rapid jump in mortgage rates.

  3. Dwayne Johnson:

    The wall! Your success is on the other side. Can’t jump over it or go around it. You know what to do.

  4. Phil Derner:

    For the most part, there is no such thing as an ‘ unsafe ’ airline, agencies such as the [ Federal Aviation Administration ] have very strict regulations for safe operations of air travel that all airlines must abide by, without exception. Even the lowest of low cost/no frills airlines jump through the same hoops as large major carriers, and are no less or more safe than the next.

  5. Gabriel Ruiz:

    Everybody normally wants to jump on this mission, people are already asking about who's going to be on the roster for this flight.

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Translations for jump

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  • قفزArabic
  • ско́кнуць, скака́ць, ско́чыцьBelarusian
  • скачамBulgarian
  • sobresalt, salt, sobresaltar, saltarCatalan, Valencian
  • saltuCorsican
  • skok, skočit, skákatCzech
  • naid, neidio, ysboncioWelsh
  • spring, hop, spjæt, springe, fare sammen, spjætte, hoppeDanish
  • Sprung, springenGerman
  • salto, saltarSpanish
  • hüpeEstonian
  • jauzi, salto, jauzi egin, salto eginBasque
  • پایین پریدن, جهیدن, جستن, پریدن, پرشPersian
  • sätky, hyppy, sätkiä, hypätä, panna, etuilla, astua, hätkähtääFinnish
  • saut, doubler, sauter, sursauterFrench
  • geitIrish
  • leum, clisgeadhScottish Gaelic
  • brinco, chimpo, salto, pulo, saltarGalician
  • कूदनाHindi
  • ցատկել, թռչելArmenian
  • hoppaIcelandic
  • salto, saltareItalian
  • קְפִיצָהHebrew
  • 跳ぶ, 飛び越す, 飛び降りる, ジャンプするJapanese
  • 뛰다Korean
  • بازKurdish
  • saltō, saliōLatin
  • šuolis, šokti, šokinėtiLithuanian
  • lēciens, lēkt, lēkātLatvian
  • прескок, скок, ско́ка, прескокнува, скока, скокнуваMacedonian
  • ခုန်Burmese
  • sprong, opschrikken, springen, opspringen, zetten, voordringenDutch
  • skvetting, hopp, sprang, snike, skvette, hoppe, gå forbi, hoppe overNorwegian
  • saut, sautarOccitan
  • skok, skakać, podskoczyć, skoczyćPolish
  • pulo, salto, sobressalto, saltar, pular, sobressaltarPortuguese
  • tusuyQuechua
  • saglir, sagleir, siglirRomansh
  • sări, tresări, săltaRomanian
  • прыжок, скачок, перепрыгивать, спрыгивать, прыгать, пры́гать, вздрагивать, перескочить, прыгнуть, перепрыгнуть, вскакивать, скака́ть, подпрыгнуть, вскочить, перескакивать, скакну́ть, спрыгнуть, подпрыгивать, пры́гнуть, вздрогнутьRussian
  • saltare, sartare, saltaiSardinian
  • preskok, skok, скок, skočiti, скочити, skakati, скакатиSerbo-Croatian
  • skočiťSlovak
  • preskok, skok, poskok, skočiti, preskočiti, poskočitiSlovene
  • hopp, smita före, hoppa, hoppa till, gå förbi, hoppa överSwedish
  • குதிக்கTamil
  • దూకుTelugu
  • скака́ти, стриба́тиUkrainian
  • کودناUrdu
  • NhảyVietnamese
  • Chinese

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