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stump

stump

 
pronunciation:
stuhmp
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a base of a tree that is left standing after the tree has been cut down.
After the loggers came through, only stumps of the trees were left.
definition 2: a part remaining after the rest has been broken, cut off, or consumed; stub.
He came back from the war with a stump of an arm.He put out the stump of his cigar in the ashtray.
synonyms:
butt, stub
similar words:
end, remainder, remnant
definition 3: the sound made by, or as though by, a wooden leg hitting the floor; heavy footstep.
We could hear the loud stumps through the floor.
similar words:
clump, clunk, plod, thud, thump, tramp, tread
definition 4: a figurative platform for political speeches.
The candidates are on the stump from now until election day.
similar words:
hustings, platform, pulpit, soapbox
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stumped, stumping, stumps
definition 1: to baffle or cause to be at a loss.
The question about foreign policy momentarily stumped the candidate.
synonyms:
baffle, puzzle
similar words:
bewilder, confound, mystify, nonplus, perplex, stick, stymie
definition 2: to cut down or wear out to a stump.
similar words:
hew, truncate
definition 3: to remove tree stumps from.
definition 4: to make campaign speeches in (a district or other political area).
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to walk with a heavy gait or a wooden leg.
synonyms:
clomp, clump, thump
similar words:
barnstorm, campaign, lumber, plod, trudge, whistle-stop
definition 2: to make political speeches during a campaign.
derivation: stumper (n.)
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