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

The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. BostonGlobe.com, "UAW votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019 MacDonald opted for a lump sum payment of $2.3 million, and took home $1.56 million after taxes. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Two-Time Cancer Survivor Wins $4.6 Million in Oregon Lottery: 'I Am a Very Lucky Guy'," 16 Sep. 2019 The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Anchorage Daily News, "Auto workers strike nationwide against GM in contract dispute," 16 Sep. 2019 The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Tom Krisher, The Denver Post, "49,000 workers at General Motors plants to go on strike," 15 Sep. 2019 The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Tom Krisher, Twin Cities, "Union votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants," 15 Sep. 2019 The union wants annual pay raises to guard against a possible economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "UAW extends contracts with Ford, Fiat Chrysler, but 49,200 GM workers could go on strike Sunday," 13 Sep. 2019 By converting it to be used as an investment vehicle, Dinwiddie will receive a lump sum upfront that will likely be less than the total amount of the deal. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Report: Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie Converting Contract to Digital Investment," 12 Sep. 2019 That is, most bond strategists think that a 50- year Treasury, for instance, would be structured in the same fashion as current offerings, with interest paid twice a year and the principal paid as a lump at maturity. Washington Post, "Why U.S. Ponders Going Long on ‘Methuselah’ Debt: QuickTake Q&A," 18 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Employers lump sum payments are deposited in side accounts at PERS and invested alongside regular pension assets. oregonlive, "Oregon PERS opens employer incentive fund to provide matching funds on extra pension contributions," 11 Sep. 2019 Talk about Europe’s strategic autonomy is commonplace, and German chancellor Angela Merkel has, at least rhetorically, lumped the United States and China together as global rivals to Europe. Scott Cullinane, National Review, "American–European Unity against China Is Indispensable," 5 Sep. 2019 But critics decry it as a scare tactic that lumps people arrested while carrying or even standing near a gun with those who have pulled them out and used them. Don Babwin, BostonGlobe.com, "New online tool to track Chicago gun suspects draws fire," 25 Aug. 2019 But critics decry it as a scare tactic that lumps people arrested while carrying or even standing near a gun with those who have pulled them out and used them. Washington Post, "New online tool to track Chicago gun suspects draws fire," 25 Aug. 2019 Mary Fulginiti: The prosecution is trying to lump these all together. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 Most whites lack the privilege of a Booker, Castro, Harris, and Yang, and to lump them into some amorphous blessed class is about as moral and accurate as the old pejorative stereotyping of the non-white. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Democrats’ Debate Cowardice, Hypocrisy, and Nuttiness," 6 Aug. 2019 Among the Democrats, there is clear sensitivity to how the Trump reelection campaign will attempt to lump all the candidates together, painting the party's eventual nominee with a broad brush no matter his or her actual positions. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Democrats’ ideological divisions break into the open in debate," 31 July 2019 But those were two different articles that got kind of lumped together and there’s a human behind all of that. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Drew Stanton on how he was wrong about Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham missing preseason and more," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The striking workers want higher hourly wages, lump sum payments and a better profit sharing plan. Charles Riley, CNN, "WeWork expected to postpone its IPO," 17 Sep. 2019 Consider these options as well: rye, roast beef and horseradish; dinner rolls, lump crabmeat and whole-grain mustard; ciabatta, olive oil, jamon and Manchego. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 Jumbo lump crab takes well to being simmered in coconut milk, bright with turmeric and racy with red chile. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Commonwealth Indian is dressed to thrill in Rockville," 26 June 2019 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

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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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