Definition of jumping by Wiktionary Dictionary
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Definition of jumping by Wordnet Dictionary
- jump, v. i. [imp. & p. p. jumped ( jŭmt; 215 ); p. pr. & vb. n. jumping.] [Akin to OD. gumpen, dial. G. gumpen, jumpen.]
1. To spring free from the ground by the muscular action of the feet and legs; to project one's self through the air; to spring; to bound; to leap.
Not the worst of the three but jumps twelve foot and a half by the square. Shak.
2. To move as if by jumping; to bounce; to jolt. “The jumping chariots.” Nahum iii. 2.
A flock of geese jump down together. Dryden.
3. To coincide; to agree; to accord; to tally; -- followed by with. “It jumps with my humor.” Shak.
To jump at, to spring to; hence, fig., to accept suddenly or eagerly; as, “a fish jumps at a bait; to jump at a chance”.
- Jumping, p. a. & vb. n. of Jump, to leap.
Jumping bean, a seed of a Mexican Euphorbia, containing the larva of a moth ( Carpocapsa saltitans ). The larva by its sudden movements causes the seed to roll to roll and jump about. -- Jumping deer ( Zool. ), a South African rodent ( Pedetes Caffer ), allied to the jerboa. -- Jumping louse ( Zool. ), any of the numerous species of plant lice belonging to the family Psyllidæ, several of which are injurious to fruit trees. -- Jumping mouse ( Zool. ), North American mouse ( Zapus Hudsonius ), having a long tail and large hind legs. It is noted for its jumping powers. Called also kangaroo mouse. -- Jumping mullet ( Zool. ), gray mullet. -- Jumping shrew ( Zool. ), any African insectivore of the genus Macroscelides. They are allied to the shrews, but have large hind legs adapted for jumping. -- Jumping spider ( Zool. ), spider of the genus Salticus and other related genera; one of the Saltigradæ; -- so called because it leaps upon its prey.