Bumbast to Buoy
(Bum"bast) See Bombast. [Obs.]
(Bum"be*lo) n.; pl. Bumbeloes [It. bombola.] A glass used in subliming camphor. [Spelled
also bombolo and bumbolo.]
(Bum"ble) n. [See Bump to boom.] (Zoöl.) The bittern. [Local, Eng.]
(Bum"ble), v. i. To make a hollow or humming noise, like that of a bumblebee; to cry as a bittern.
As a bittern bumbleth in the mire.
(Bum"ble*bee`) n. [OE. bumblen to make a humming noise (dim. of bum, v. i.) + bee.
Cf. Humblebee.] (Zoöl.) A large bee of the genus Bombus, sometimes called humblebee; so named
from its sound.
There are many species. All gather honey, and store it in the empty cocoons after the young have come
(Bum"boat`) n. [From bum the buttocks, on account of its clumsy form; or fr. D. bun a box
for holding fish in a boat.] (Naut.) A clumsy boat, used for conveying provisions, fruit, etc., for sale, to
vessels lying in port or off shore.
(Bum"kin) n. [Boom a beam + - kin. See Bumpkin.] (Naut.) A projecting beam or boom; as:
(a) One projecting from each bow of a vessel, to haul the fore tack to, called a tack bumpkin. (b) One
from each quarter, for the main-brace blocks, and called brace bumpkin. (c) A small outrigger over the
stern of a boat, to extend the mizzen. [Written also boomkin.]
(||Bum"ma*lo) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A small marine Asiatic fish (Saurus ophidon) used in
India as a relish; called also Bombay duck.
(Bum"mer) n. An idle, worthless fellow, who is without any visible means of support; a dissipated
sponger. [Slang, U.S.]
(Bum"me*ry) n. See Bottomery. [Obs.]
There was a scivener of Wapping brought to hearing for relief against a bummery bond.
(Bump) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bumped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bumping.] [Cf. W. pwmp round mass,
pwmpiaw to thump, bang, and E. bum, v. i., boom to roar.] To strike, as with or against anything
large or solid; to thump; as, to bump the head against a wall.
(Bump), v. i. To come in violent contact with something; to thump. "Bumping and jumping." Southey.
(Bump) n. [From Bump to strike, to thump.]
1. A thump; a heavy blow.
2. A swelling or prominence, resulting from a bump or blow; a protuberance.
It had upon its brow
A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone.
3. (Phren.) One of the protuberances on the cranium which are associated with distinct faculties or
affections of the mind; as, the bump of "veneration;" the bump of "acquisitiveness." [Colloq.]
4. The act of striking the stern of the boat in advance with the prow of the boat following. [Eng.]