lump

noun
\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

Definition of lump

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape a lump of coal a lump of clay
2a : aggregate, totality taken in the lump
b : majority few candidates ever started with such a lump who did not get the nomination— R. L. Strout
3 : protuberance especially : an abnormal swelling came to with nothing more than a lump on his head
4 : a person who is heavy and awkward a lump of a man also : one who is stupid or dull

5 lumps plural

a : beatings, bruises had taken a lot of lumps growing up in the city
b : defeat, loss can cheerfully take his lumps on losers, because the payout is big on the winners— Martin Mayer
lump in one's throat
: a constriction of the throat caused by emotion

lump

verb (1)
lumped; lumping; lumps

Definition of lump (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to group indiscriminately
2 : to make into lumps also : to make lumps on or in
3 : to move noisily and clumsily

intransitive verb

1 : to become formed into lumps
2 : to move oneself noisily and clumsily

lump

adjective

Definition of lump (Entry 3 of 4)

: not divided into parts : entire a lump sum

lump

verb (2)
lumped; lumping; lumps

Definition of lump (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to put up with like it or lump it

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Examples of lump in a Sentence

Noun

turning a lump of clay into a beautiful pot He got a lump on his head after bumping into the doorway.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Models sported lumps, bumps, white wigs, and rattling silver chains. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 Using a pair of chopsticks or a fork, stab at the flour for no more than 20 to 30 seconds to loosely combine it with the liquid but maintain lumps and pockets of dry flour. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Fiddlehead Tempura With Sriracha Creme Fraiche," 18 May 2018 There's no underwire, hooks or plastic strap adjusters, so these bras are virtually seamless without any lumps and bumps even under the thinnest material. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Take Our Money! These Supportive Bras Are as Comfy as Sports Bras But as Pretty as Camisoles," 6 July 2015 But things went off the rails when the Wildcats and Cyclones went down in the first round, and the league continued to take its lumps over the weekend. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts," 26 Mar. 2019 The lender supplied a $10 million lump sum, plus a $25 million... Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Struggling Electric Vehicle Maker Workhorse Gets a Little Breathing Room," 3 Apr. 2019 Another popular method is to light natural lump charcoal in a chimney starter, then arrange the wood (smaller pieces first, then larger) atop the embers. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018 As with epidermoid cysts, sometimes a sebaceous cyst is just a lump that doesn’t have any uncomfortable symptoms. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 Whisk in ¼ cup all-purpose flour until there are no lumps, and cook 1 minute more. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nixon cannily positioned himself as upholding law and order—a helpfully ambiguous phrase that lumped together the threats of rising crime, urban riots and rowdy left-wing activism. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: The ‘60s and the ‘10s," 8 July 2018 Moreover, Trump's practice of lumping different issues together for bargaining leverage has increased uncertainties about the fate of negotiations. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump is pushing hard to reach NAFTA agreement, both with trading partners and with Congress," 24 Apr. 2018 On the sixth episode, Pro Football Focus’s Steve Palazzolo and Sam Monson discuss the defensive backs of this NFL draft, lumping together cornerbacks and safeties. SI.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Defensive Back Rankings and Analysis," 17 Apr. 2018 Defenders cautioned against lumping a diverse media ecosystem all together. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Media takes heat following Mueller conclusions," 26 Mar. 2019 Predictably, the fashion press has lumped BITE in with an ever-expanding army of brands touted as alternatives for Phoebe-philes, which the team takes as a compliment. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A First Look at Sustainable Brand BITE’s Fall 2019 Collection," 27 Feb. 2019 Representatives for Hikvision argued to legislators that the law unfairly lumps telecom firms with video operators, according to three people familiar with the conversations. Mark Bergen, The Seattle Times, "Huawei is blocked in U.S., but its chips power security cameras everywhere," 28 Jan. 2019 Netflix doesn't simply lump every film or show with a black lead into a single category. April Joyner, Marie Claire, "Blackflix," 29 Feb. 2016 For the study, hundreds of researchers collaborated to lump together 3,992 estimates for relative risks of alcohol drinking. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There’s no risk-free amount of alcohol, population-level study finds," 27 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At least 17 retirees received additional lump sum payouts for unused vacation and sick time, ranging from about $7,600 to $80,000. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "As State Police overtime probe intensifies, troopers race to lock in pensions and retire," 2 July 2018 Pieces of lump hardwood charcoal are irregularly shaped, with a more natural appearance than briquettes. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018 Crab mac includes lump crab meat, tomatoes, baby spinach, and cheese sauce, garnished with snow crab claws. Caroline Szachnowski, BostonGlobe.com, "New England’s best summer foods," 2 May 2018 Menu offerings include lump crab Benedict, lobster frittata and $5 sparkling wine. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Fox closing Little Cleo’s restaurant to expand Culinary Dropout in Phoenix," 1 May 2018 And the preparation is certainly a hard one to beat: Generously portioned, lump crab meat is flavored with fresh chives and cilantro along with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, the cakes dredged in panko bread crumbs and pan-fried. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: Crab cakes from the Watercolour Grillhouse in Florida," 10 Apr. 2018 The crusty cake has no filler, just luscious lump crab meat and a mustard tang in the seasoning. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "The Wharf, the new venture from chef Erin Miller, drops anchor in Roanoke | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 Edgemoor is expected to complete enough of the terminal design (about 30 percent) to present a lump sum cost. Bill Turque, kansascity, "If KC Council and Edgemoor get engaged this week, can they make it to the altar?," 6 Feb. 2018 Where benefits can reasonably be adjusted appears to be in the area of future promises by limiting cost of living increases and lump sum distributions instead of monthly payouts. Steve Butler, The Mercury News, "Butler: Guess who loses when pension plans hit hard times," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of lump

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lump

Noun, Verb (1), and Adjective

Middle English

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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lump

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lump

: a small piece or mass of something
: an area of swelling or growth on your body

lump

noun
\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

Kids Definition of lump

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small piece or chunk a lump of coal
2 : a swelling or growth She got a lump on her forehead.
3 : a tight feeling in the throat caused by emotion

lump

verb
lumped; lumping

Kids Definition of lump (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to group together Lump all the clothing into one pile.
2 : to form into lumps The gravy lumped.

lump

adjective

Kids Definition of lump (Entry 3 of 3)

: not divided into parts a lump sum

lump

noun
\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

Medical Definition of lump

1 : a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape
2 : an abnormal mass or swelling presenting as a neck lump

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