At the edge of Sheridan Circle in Northwest Washington sits a tree stump crowned with an engraved stone disk.—Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 The ornate tower is almost entirely gone – just one bare stump of bricks sticking out of the rubble.—Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 10 Sep. 2023 If the stump is 2 feet or more in diameter, clear a space that is 2- to 3-feet away from the stump.—Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2023 The 16-year-old victim, who was from Hazel Green, was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion that left the roadway and struck a tree stump.—Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2023 That may be changing, as instead of standing with Sequoia-like titans like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, the Trump sapling is being cut into a stump.—Philip Elliott, Time, 1 Aug. 2023 Here’s what this looks like in pruning away the stump of a branch torn off from a winter storm.—Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2023 On each end of the pitch is a wicket, a set of three stumps and two bails.—Peter Rauterkus, Dallas News, 12 July 2023 In the middle of the state seal, a farmer plows a field, his rifle propped on a nearby tree stump.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023
Even the great late physicist John Wheeler, who coined the term black hole for a thing made only of spacetime, was stumped by time itself.—WIRED, 27 Sep. 2023 Former President Donald Trump is stumping in the Detroit suburbs Wednesday night, while the Republicans trying to mount a challenge to his frontrunner status participate in the second GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California.—Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023 Before this week, other Republican rivals had heavily stumped in Iowa, hoping their ground game could lift them to a win.—Mabinty Quarshie, Washington Examiner, 20 Sep. 2023 Still, they are stumped with finding a perfect wedding location that highlights the transitional beauty of the season.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 19 Sep. 2023 And Tim Scott stumps in the Hawkeye State, while Mike Pence delivers a speech on China in DC.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 18 Sep. 2023 Regardless of who first thought about them, until recently, researchers were stumped by one seemingly easy question about Möbius bands: What is the shortest strip of paper needed to make one?—Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 12 Sep. 2023 The development came after decades in which police were stumped by the stabbing and slashing death, which left the couple’s 2-year-old wandering alone in the house in West Springfield, Va., for days the weekend before Thanksgiving in 1994.—Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 Water-based setting powders are the latest makeup innovation stumping TikTok.—Devon Abelman, Allure, 31 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English stumpe; akin to Old High German stumpf stump and perhaps to Middle English stampen to stamp
French or Dutch dialect; French estompe, from Dutch dialect stomp, literally, stub, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German stumpf stump