Hump


Hump
Hump Hump (h[u^]mp), n. [Cf. D. homp a lump, LG. hump heap, hill, stump, possibly akin to E. heap. Cf. {Hunch}.] 1. A protuberance; especially, the protuberance formed by a crooked back. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal, as a camel or whale. [1913 Webster]

3. (Railroad) a portion of a switchyard with a slanting track in which freight cars may coast without an engine and be sorted through a series of switches. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hump — ► NOUN 1) a rounded protuberance found on the back of a camel or other animal or as an abnormality on a person s back. 2) a rounded raised mass of earth or land. ► VERB 1) informal lift or carry with difficulty. 2) make hump shaped. 3) vulgar… …   English terms dictionary

  • Hump — Hump, v. t. 1. To form into a hump; to make hump shaped; to hunch; often with up. The cattle were very uncomfortable, standing humped up in the bushes. T. Roosvelt. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. To put or carry on the (humped) back; to shoulder; hence …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hump|y — hump|y1 «HUHM pee», adjective, hump|i|er, hump|i|est. 1. full of humps. 2. like a hump. hump|y2 «HUHM pee», noun, plural …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hump — ist die Bezeichnung für einen bekannten Häuptling der Miniconjou Lakota Indianer, siehe Hump (Häuptling) eine Schauplatz des Zweiten Weltkrieges im Himalaya, siehe The Hump eine Wortschöpfung des österreichischen Politikers Hilmar Kabas, siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hump — hump·less; hump; hump·ty; hump·ty dump·ty; …   English syllables

  • Hump — may refer to:* HUMP! (film festival), an annual presentation of amateur pornography * The Hump, a name given by WWII Allied pilots to part of the Himalayan mountains * Kyphosis, the curve on an upper spine that causes a hunchback * dry humping,… …   Wikipedia

  • hump — [hump] n. [< or akin to LowG humpe, thick piece < IE * kumb (< base * keu , to bend, curve) > HIP1, Sans kumba , thick end (of a bone), Gr kymbē, a bowl] 1. a rounded, protruding lump, as the fleshy mass on the back of a camel: see… …   English World dictionary

  • hump — [n] swelling, projection bulge, bump, convexedness, convexity, dune, elevation, eminence, excrescence, gibbosity, hill, hummock, hunch, knap, knob, knurl, kyphosis, mound, prominence, protrusion, protuberance, ridge, swell, tumescence; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • hump — [[t]hʌ̱mp[/t]] humps, humping, humped 1) N COUNT A hump is a small hill or raised area. The path goes over a large hump by a tree before running near a road. Syn: mound 2) N COUNT A camel s hump is the large lump on its back. Camels rebuild fat… …   English dictionary

  • hump — humper, n. humpless, adj. /hump/, n. 1. a rounded protuberance, esp. a fleshy protuberance on the back, as that due to abnormal curvature of the spine in humans, or that normally present in certain animals, as the camel or bison. 2. Physical Geog …   Universalium


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