Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
  2. (noun, body) the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body
  3. (noun, artifact) a low-cut shoe without fastenings
  4. (verb, contact) operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal
  5. (verb, competition) deliver forth
  6. (verb, motion) draw or pour with a pump
  7. (verb, possession) supply in great quantities
  8. (verb, motion) flow intermittently
  9. (verb, motion) move up and down
  10. (verb, motion) raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
  11. (verb, communication) question persistently

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Pump

heart, ticker

Origin of the word Pump

  1. "apparatus for forcing liquid or air," c.1440, possibly from M.Du. pompe "water conduit, pipe," or M.L.G. pumpe "pump," both from some North Sea sailors' word, possibly of imitative origin. The verb is recorded from 1508. Metaphoric extension in to pump (someone) for information is from 1667. Pumper "fire engine tha pumps water" is recorded from 1915. more
  2. "low shoe without fasteners," 1555, perhaps echoic of the sound made when walking in them, or perhaps from Du. pampoesje, from Javanese pampoes, of Arabic origin. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Pump

pan off, panpipe, pen nib, pen up, phonophobia, pimp, pin up, pin-up, pipe bomb, pomp, pompeii, pompey, pony up

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