: a relatively abrupt convexity or protuberance on a surface: such as
: a swelling of tissue
- Her face flawless. Not a bump, a splotch or a freckle.
- —Katy Kelly
: a sudden rise or uneven area in a road surface likely to jolt a passing vehicle
: a cranial protuberance
: a sudden forceful blow, impact, or jolt
- felt a bump when the boat hit the dock
: an action of thrusting the hips forward with an abrupt suggestive motion (as in a dance or in a burlesque striptease act) — compare 2grind 4
: baby bump
- Confirming her pregnancy at the September 6 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West's ex, 28, showed off her bump for the first time on the red carpet.
- —Allison Corneau
: an increase in amount
- a slight bump in wages/prices
- … since "Glee" burst on the scene last fall, some local show choirs have seen a bump in auditions …
- —Kristin Tillotson
: a small quantity of an illicit drug when inhaled in powdered form at one time
- At her first few shows Savannah did bumps of coke off her pinkie before hitting the stage.
- —Peter Wilkinson
: the act or an instance of bumping (see 2bump 4) the ball with the forearms
- Loara High volleyball player Juli Miles demonstrates how to execute a bump during a match … . As the ball approaches, bring in your elbows and lock them so that your forearms are close to touching, which creates a nice, flat platform for the ball to bounce off.
- —Laura Czingula