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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pumpnoun

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

  2. heart, pump, tickernoun

    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. pumpverb

    a low-cut shoe without fastenings

  4. pumpverb

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

    "pump the gas pedal"

  5. pumpverb

    deliver forth

    "pump bullets into the dummy"

  6. pumpverb

    draw or pour with a pump

  7. pumpverb

    supply in great quantities

    "Pump money into a project"

  8. pumpverb

    flow intermittently

  9. pumpverb

    move up and down

    "The athlete pumps weights in the gym"

  10. pumpverb

    raise (gases or fluids) with a pump

  11. pumpverb

    question persistently

    "She pumped the witnesses for information"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pumpnoun

    a low shoe with a thin sole

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

  2. Pumpnoun

    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

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

  3. Pumpverb

    to raise with a pump, as water or other liquid

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

  4. Pumpverb

    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

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

  5. Pumpverb

    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

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

  6. Pumpverb

    to work, or raise water, a pump

    Etymology: [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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. pumpnoun

    Pump of a pump-action shotgun "Sawed off shotgun, hand on the pump" -- Cypress Hill (Hand on the pump).

  2. pumpnoun

    To play music loudly.

  3. pumpnoun

    A term used for shoes, usually female's shoes. "Slip my pumps on"

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pump' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4711

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pump' in Nouns Frequency: #2274

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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. Marc Poulin:

    Our study showed that six months' worth of vigorous exercise may pump blood to regions of the brain that specifically improve your verbal skills as well as memory and mental sharpness.

  2. Tin Maung Swe:

    We need to pump floodwater out of these ponds. Only then can we use them to store rainwater in the remaining monsoon period, if we cannot clean the ponds in time, the locals will face drinking water scarcity in the hot season.

  3. Suzanne Steinbaum:

    Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist and director of women’s heart health at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospitalin New York, told Fox News. Symptoms of ARVD can include palpitations, shortness of breath and fainting. NIKI TAYLOR'S TIPS FOR JUGGLING MOTHERHOOD AND A CAREER Niki said Krissy Taylor never showed any direct symptoms but was generally an anxious person, especially before fashion shoots and go-sees. She would always say ‘ my heart’s beating so fast … I don't know what's going on, ’ so we just thought it was normal butterflies or excitement, but this was probably symptoms that something else was going on, Niki said. Diagnosing ARVD can be challenging, Suzanne Steinbaum said. Diagnosing ARVD’s normal for our heart to pound and pump when we get nervous or anxious, but walking around town and feeling your heart pound and pump is not normal, Suzanne Steinbaum explained. Diagnosing ARVD's really hard to tell the difference between anxiety, stress and really a heart condition, if you have symptoms of shortness of breath, if you have palpitations, if you feel dizzy the first place you have to think is your heart. So what I tell everyone is don't diagnose yourself, just go to the doctor, she added. To help more women understand their risk of heart disease, the number one killer of women, Niki partnered with the American Heart Association and their Go Red for Women campaign. We just want people to go get an EKG( electrocardiogram), your doctor will be able to know if you have heart flutters or an irregular heartbeat like Krissy Taylor did, and it could save your life.

  4. United States:

    This last weekend, I didn't use my insulin pump at all, i just took it off cause I was so frightened about what little insulin we did have left, and we couldn't afford the $ 300 co-pay to buy any more.

  5. United States:

    I'm still stressed from the game. We were under the pump a lot..., all the second half, you have to give it up to France. They outplayed us in terms of having the ball. We were so good defensively. We took our chances and hit them where it hurt.

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