Lump
Lump Lump (l[u^]mp), n. [Cf. OD. lompe piece, mass. Cf. {Lunch}.] 1. A small mass of matter of irregular shape; an irregular or shapeless mass; as, a lump of coal; a lump of iron ore. `` A lump of cheese.'' --Piers Plowman. `` This lump of clay.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A mass or aggregation of things. [1913 Webster]

3. (Firearms) A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel. [1913 Webster]

{In the lump},

{In a lump}, the whole together; in gross. [1913 Webster]

They may buy them in the lump. --Addison.

{Lump coal}, coal in large lumps; -- the largest size brought from the mine.

{Lump sum}, (a) a gross sum without a specification of items; as, to award a lump sum in satisfaction of all claims and damages. (b) a single sum paid once in satisfaction of a claim, as contrasted with the alternate choice of several payments over a period of time; -- sometimes allowed, e.g., as an alternative to periodical pension payments for a lifetime. [1913 Webster]


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  • lump — [ lœ̃p ] n. m. • 1776; aussi lompe fin XVIIIe; de l angl. lump ou lumpfish, orig. danoise ♦ Poisson des mers froides, à squelette peu ossifié, à disque adhésif ventral, appelé scientifiquement cycloptère (Cyclopterus lumpus), et dont les œufs… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lump — lump1 [lump] n. [ME lompe, lumpe, akin ? to Dan lompe, a mass, lump, Swed dial. lump, a block, stump, MHG lumpe, rag: see LIMP1] 1. a solid mass of no special shape, esp. one small enough to be taken up in the hand; hunk 2. a) a small cube or… …   English World dictionary

  • lump — lump; lump·i·ly; lump·i·ness; lump·ing·ly; lump·ish; lump·kin; lump·ec·to·my; lump·er; lump·ish·ly; lump·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • Lump — may refer to:* Lump (song), a 1995 song by The Presidents of the United States of America * Lump (compilation album), a 2000 best of album by The Presidents of the United States of America * The Lump , a 1991 short animated film * Lump sum, a one …   Wikipedia

  • lump — Ⅰ. lump [1] ► NOUN 1) a compact mass, especially one without a definite or regular shape. 2) a swelling under the skin. 3) informal a heavy, ungainly, or slow witted person. 4) (the lump) Brit. informal casual employment in the building trade …   English terms dictionary

  • Lump — Lump, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lumped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lumping}.] 1. To throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars. [1913 Webster] The expenses ought to be lumped together. Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 2. To take in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lump — steht für: gemeiner Mensch (umgangssprachlich) Lump (Dachshund), ein Hund des spanischen Künstlers Pablo Picasso Haderlump, ein Schimpfwort der Herz Ober im Kartenspiel, siehe Schafkopf Sprache Name einer Single einer US amerikanischen Grunge… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lump — »schlechter Mensch, gemeiner Kerl, kleiner Gauner«: Das Wort ist identisch mit ↑ Lumpen. Beide gehen auf spätmhd. lumpe »Lappen, Fetzen« zurück. Die Form »Lump« entstand durch Verkürzung und wurde im 17. Jh. im Sinne von »Mensch in zerlumpter… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • lump — ləmp n 1) a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape 2) an abnormal mass or swelling <presenting as a neck lump> …   Medical dictionary

  • Lump — Sm std. stil. (17. Jh.) Stammwort. Das Wort hat sich von dem ursprungsgleichen Lumpen sekundär differenziert. Bedeutungsübertragung (wie etwa auch bei Waschlappen) im Sinn von zerlumpter Mensch , aber auch schlaffer Mensch, Weichling . Sich nicht …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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