bumping into migrants in the desert who are thirsty, hungry, and injured has opened his “whole humanitarian side.”
bumping its way over the green grass came a kiddie car with a small boy astride it.
bumping along the trail into Datura, Aaron Stoltzfoos studied the land.
bumping him into the wall he bore down upon him growling in a voice obviously assumed and grossly piratical: "Sit there!"
"bumping at Oxford," to use an aquatic term, why it was nothing!
I may at this point give a word of advice to a coxswain in a bumping Race.
bumping their nose into a tied lion that way—how'd they know?
“bumping” is common in open boiling when the liquid is free from air bubbles and the interior of the vessel is very smooth.
bumping along he recalled to his mind the various girls with whom he had gone to school.
bumping over fallen trees, creaking and groaning and swaying, came the boat-wagon.
1590s, "protuberance caused by a blow;" 1610s as "a dull, solid blow;" see bump (v.). The dancer's bump and grind attested from 1940.
1560s, "to bulge out;" 1610s, "to strike heavily," perhaps from Scandinavian, probably echoic, original sense was "hitting" then of "swelling from being hit." Also has a long association with obsolete bum "to make a booming noise," which perhaps influenced surviving senses such as bumper crop, for something full to the brim (see bumper). To bump into "meet" is from 1880s; to bump off "kill" is 1908 in underworld slang. Related: Bumped; bumping. Bumpsy (adj.) was old slang for "drunk" (1610s).