tumpline
noun Etymology: tump, of Algonquian origin; akin to Eastern Abenaki mádûmbí pack strap Date: 1796 a sling formed by a strap slung over the forehead or chest and used for carrying or helping to support a pack on the back or in hauling loads

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  • Tumpline — Tump line , n. A strap placed across a man s forehead to assist him in carrying a pack on his back. [Local, U. S.] Bartlett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumpline — ☆ tumpline [tump′līn΄ ] n. [< earlier tump < mattump < a S New England Algonquian language] a broad strap passed across the forehead and over the shoulders for carrying a load on the back …   English World dictionary

  • Tumpline — /tump lyne/A tumpline is a strap attached at both ends to a backpack or other luggage and used to carry the object by placing the strap over the top of the head. This utilizes the spine rather than the shoulders as standard backpack straps do.… …   Wikipedia

  • tumpline — /tump luyn /, n. a strap or sling passed around the chest or forehead to help support a pack carried on a person s back. [1790 1800; tump (earlier mattump, metomp < Southern New England Algonquian < proto Eastern Algonquian *mat empty root… …   Universalium

  • tumpline — noun A strap used to carry objects tied to its ends by placing the broadened or cushioned middle of the strap over the head just behind the forehead …   Wiktionary

  • tumpline — [ tʌmplʌɪn] noun N. Amer. a sling for carrying a load on the back, with a strap passing round the forehead. Origin C18: based on Algonquian (mat)tump + line1 …   English new terms dictionary

  • tumpline — tump·line …   English syllables

  • tumpline — tump•line [[t]ˈtʌmpˌlaɪn[/t]] n. a strap or sling passed around the forehead to help support a pack carried on a person s back • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer.; tump, earlier mattump, metomp < Southern New England Algonquian (< proto Eastern… …   From formal English to slang

  • tumpline —   n. American, band across forehead or chest to aid in carrying or hauling a load …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • tumpline — ˈtəmˌplīn noun Etymology: tump of Algonquian origin (akin to Abnaki mádûmbí pack strap) + line : a sling formed by a strap slung over the forehead or chest for carrying a pack on the back or in hauling loads (as household goods or game) see… …   Useful english dictionary

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