bump

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
bump

Plural
bumps

  1. (countable) A bump is a small impact between two things.
    I felt a slight bump as the plane touched the landing strip.
  2. (countable) A bump is a sound that might be made when two things hit each other.
    I looked up when I heard the bump of a car as it drove into another one parked outside my house.
  3. (countable) A bump is a small lump or swelling on something that is smooth.
    Try to drive round the big bump in the road.
  4. (medicine), (countable) A bump is a small lump or swelling on the skin or anywhere else on your body.
    I rubbed the small bump on my nose, and wondered if it was going to get any bigger.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
bump

Third-person singular
bumps

Past tense
bumped

Past participle
bumped

Present participle
bumping

  1. (intransitive) If something bumps, it knocks gently against something else, usually making a small noise.
    I could hear the open door bumping in the breeze.
  2. (transitive) If you bump something, you knock it slightly.
    He bumped the chair as he walked past, so I put it back in place again.