stumps

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stump \Stump\, noun [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G. stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to E. stamp.]

1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub.

2. The part of a limb or other body remaining after a part is amputated or destroyed; a fixed or rooted remnant; a stub; as, the stump of a leg, a finger, a tooth, or a broom.

3. pl. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps. [Slang]

4. (Cricket) One of the three pointed rods stuck in the ground to form a wicket and support the bails.

5. A short, thick roll of leather or paper, cut to a point, or any similar implement, used to rub down the lines of a crayon or pencil drawing, in shading it, or for shading drawings by producing tints and gradations from crayon, etc., in powder.

6. A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to throwing the bolt, except when the gates of the tumblers are properly arranged, as by the key; a fence; also, a pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.

{Leg stump} (Cricket), the stump nearest to the batsman.

{Off stump} (Cricket), the stump farthest from the batsman.

{Stump tracery} (Arch.), a term used to describe late German Gothic tracery, in which the molded bar seems to pass through itself in its convolutions, and is then cut off short, so that a section of the molding is seen at the end of each similar stump.

{To go on the stump}, or {To take the stump}, to engage in making public addresses for electioneering purposes; -- a phrase derived from the practice of using a stump for a speaker's platform in newly-settled districts. Hence also the phrases stump orator, stump speaker, stump speech, stump oratory, etc. [Colloq. U.S.]

{on the stump} campaigning for public office; running for election to office. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stump \Stump\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Stumped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stumping}.]

1. To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop.

Around the stumped top soft moss did grow. --Dr. H. More.

2. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something fixed; to stub. [Colloq.]

3. To challenge; also, to nonplus. [Colloq.]

4. To travel over, delivering speeches for electioneering purposes; as, to stump a State, or a district. See {To go on the stump}, under {Stump}, noun [Colloq. U.S.]

5. (Cricket) (a) To put (a batsman) out of play by knocking off the bail, or knocking down the stumps of the wicket he is defending while he is off his allotted ground; -- sometimes with out. --T. Hughes. (b) To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket.

A herd of boys with clamor bowled, And stumped the wicket. --Tennyson.

{To stump it}. (a) To go afoot; hence, to run away; to escape. [Slang] --Ld. Lytton. (b) To make electioneering speeches. [Colloq. U.S.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stump \Stump\, verb (used without an object) To walk clumsily, as if on stumps.

{To stump up}, to pay cash. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stump

noun

1: the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled [syn: {stump}, {tree stump}]

2: the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed

3: (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket

4: a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it [syn: {dais}, {podium}, {pulpit}, {rostrum}, {ambo}, {stump}, {soapbox}]

verb

1: cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her" [syn: {stump}, {mix up}]

2: walk heavily; "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots" [syn: {stomp}, {stamp}, {stump}]

3: travel through a district and make political speeches; "the candidate stumped the Northeast"

4: remove tree stumps from; "stump a field"

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