What does pump mean?

Definitions for pump

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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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PUMPnoun

    Etymology: pompe, Dutch and French.

    A pump grown dry will yield no water, unless you pour a little water into it first. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    In the framing that great ship built by Hiero, Athenæus mentions this instrument as being instead of a pump, by the help of which one man might easily drain out the water though very deep. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    These pumps may be made single with a common pump handle, for one man to work them, or double for two. John Mortimer.

    Get good strings to your beards, new ribbons to your pumps. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Gabriel’s pumps were all unpink’d i’ th’ heel. William Shakespeare.

    Follow me this jest, now, till thou hast worn out thy pump, that when the single sole of it is worn, the jest may remain singular. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Thalia’s ivy shews her prerogative over comical poesy; her mask, mantle and pumps are ornaments belonging to the stage. Henry Peacham.

    The water and sweat
    Splish splash in their pumps. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

  2. To Pumpverb

    The one’s the learned knight, seek out,
    And pump them what they come about. Hudibras.

    Ask him what passes
    Amongst his brethren, he’ll hide nothing from you;
    But pump not me for politicks. Thomas Otway, Venice Preserv’d.

  3. To Pumpverb

    To work a pump; to throw out water by a pump.

    Etymology: pompen, Dutch.

    The folly of him, who pumps very laboriously in a ship, yet neglects to stop the leak. Decay of Piety.


  1. Pump

    A pump is a device that moves fluids (liquids or gases), or sometimes slurries, by mechanical action, typically converted from electrical energy into hydraulic energy. Mechanical pumps serve in a wide range of applications such as pumping water from wells, aquarium filtering, pond filtering and aeration, in the car industry for water-cooling and fuel injection, in the energy industry for pumping oil and natural gas or for operating cooling towers and other components of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. In the medical industry, pumps are used for biochemical processes in developing and manufacturing medicine, and as artificial replacements for body parts, in particular the artificial heart and penile prosthesis. When a pump contains two or more pump mechanisms with fluid being directed to flow through them in series, it is called a multi-stage pump. Terms such as two-stage or double-stage may be used to specifically describe the number of stages. A pump that does not fit this description is simply a single-stage pump in contrast. In biology, many different types of chemical and biomechanical pumps have evolved; biomimicry is sometimes used in developing new types of mechanical pumps.


  1. pump

    A pump is a mechanical device that is used to move fluids (such as gases or liquids) or even slurries, by physical or mechanical action. It typically works by utilizing various mechanical forces such as energy, pressure, or dragging suction to move the fluid or gas from one place to another. They are commonly used in a number of engineering systems including water/waste-water, cooling/heating, and lubrication systems among others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pumpnoun

    a low shoe with a thin sole

  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

  3. Pumpverb

    to raise with a pump, as water or other liquid

  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

  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

  6. Pumpverb

    to work, or raise water, a pump

  7. 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"

Editors Contribution

  1. pumpverb

    To fill (something such as a balloon or tyre) with air, liquid or gas.

    I had to pump the flat tyre.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

Suggested Resources

  1. PUMP

    What does PUMP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PUMP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PUMP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pump is ranked #76029 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pump surname appeared 253 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pump.

    94% or 238 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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. Andrea Mitchell:

    I really do think — in talking to members of Congress — that they now see the politics right now, and it may not last, that the American people are behind this, and more likely, are willing to take a hit at the pump. I do n’t think it’s been sold adequately.

  2. Medtronic Plc:

    An unauthorized person with special technical skills and equipment could potentially connect wirelessly to a nearby insulin pump to change settings and control insulin delivery.

  3. Siavash Arabi:

    Surface soil contains water and air. When you pump water from under the ground surface, you cause some empty space to be formed in the soil.

  4. Gu Yongtao:

    Many instruments used to pump money into the system mature, and there's no sign the central bank will cut banks' reserve ratios any time soon. So there is concern that liquidity will become tight.

  5. Ben King:

    All those things can combine to help get more heat pumps deployed, a heat pump is more energy efficient than something like a furnace. The less electricity you're consuming, the better off you are.

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