Pronunciation Noun

pump (plural pumps)

  1. A device for moving or compressing a liquid or gas.
    This pump can deliver 100 gallons of water per minute.
  2. An instance of the action of a pump; one stroke of a pump; any action similar to pumping
    It takes thirty pumps to get 10 litres; he did 50 pumps of the weights.
  3. A device for dispensing liquid or gas to be sold, particularly fuel.
    This pump is out of order, but you can gas up at the next one.
  4. (bodybuilding, climbing) A swelling of the muscles caused by increased blood flow following high intensity weightlifting.
    • 2010, Eric Velazquez, "Power Pairings", Reps! 17:83
      Want a skin-stretching pump? Up the volume by using high-rep sets.
      A great pump is better than coming. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
  5. (colloquial) A ride on a bicycle given to a passenger, usually on the handlebars or fender.
    She gave the other girl a pump on her new bike.
  6. (US, obsolete, slang) The heart.
  7. (obsolete, vulgar, British slang) The vagina.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:vagina
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pump (pumps, present participle pumping; past and past participle pumped)

  1. (transitive) To use a pump to move (liquid or gas).
    I've pumped over 1000 gallons of water in the last ten minutes.
  2. (transitive, often followed by up) To fill with air.
    He pumped up the air-bed by hand, but used the service station air to pump up the tyres.
  3. (transitive) To move rhythmically, as the motion of a pump.
    I pumped my fist with joy when I won the race.
  4. (transitive) To shake (a person's hand) vigorously.
    Synonyms: handshake
  5. (transitive) To gain information from (a person) by persistent questioning.
    Synonyms: grill, interrogate
    • But pump not me for politics.
  6. (intransitive) To use a pump to move liquid or gas.
    I've been pumping for over a minute but the water isn't coming through.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To be going very well.
    The waves were really pumping this morning.
    Last night's party was really pumping.
  8. (sports) To kick, throw or hit the ball far and high.
  9. (Scotland, slang) To pass gas; to fart.
    Synonyms: trump, Thesaurus:flatulate
  10. (computing) To pass (messages) into a program so that it can obey them.
    • .NET Framework 4.5 documentation for Marshal.CleanupUnusedObjectsInCurrentContext
      The interop system pumps messages while it attempts to clean up RCWs.
  11. (obsolete, British slang) To copulate.
    Synonyms: bang, Thesaurus:copulate, Thesaurus:copulate with
  12. (bodybuilding) To weightlift.
    Synonyms: big up, lift, pump iron
Translations Translations
  • German: aufpumpen
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  • Portuguese: estar bombando (Brazil)
Translations Noun

pump (plural pumps)

  1. (British) A type of shoe, a trainer or sneaker.
    Synonyms: dap, plimsoll, sneaker, trainer
  2. (chiefly, North America) A type of women's shoe which leaves the instep uncovered and has a relatively high heel, especially a stiletto (with a very high and thin heel)
    She was wearing a lovely new pair of pumps.
  3. A dance#Verb|dancing shoe.
  4. A type of shoe without a heel.

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