the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed.
the part of a limb of the body remaining after the rest has been cut off.
a part of a broken or decayed tooth left in the gum.
a short remnant, as of a candle; stub.
any basal part remaining after the main or more important part has been removed.
an artificial leg.
Usually, stumps. Informal. legs: Stir your stumps and get out of here.
a short, stocky person.
a heavy step or gait, as of a wooden-legged or lame person.
the figurative place of political speechmaking: to go on the stump.
Furniture. a support for the front end of the arm of a chair, sofa, etc. Compare post1 ( def 2 ).
a short, thick roll of paper, soft leather, or some similar material, usually having a blunt point, for rubbing a pencil, charcoal, or crayon drawing in order to achieve subtle gradations of tone in representing light and shade.
Cricket. each of the three upright sticks that, with the two bails laid on top of them, form a wicket.
verb (used with object)
to reduce to a stump; truncate; lop.
to clear of stumps, as land.
Chiefly Southern U.S. to stub, as one's toe.
to nonplus, embarrass, or render completely at a loss: This riddle stumps me.
to challenge or dare to do something.
to make political campaign speeches to or in: to stump a state.
Cricket. (of the wicketkeeper) to put (a batsman) out by knocking down a stump or by dislodging a bail with the ball held in the hand at a moment when the batsman is off his ground.
to tone or modify (a crayon drawing, pencil rendering, etc.) by means of a stump.
verb (used without object)
to walk heavily or clumsily, as if with a wooden leg: The captain stumped across the deck.
to make political campaign speeches; electioneer.
up a stump, Informal. at a loss; embarrassed; perplexed: Sociologists are up a stump over the sharp rise in juvenile delinquency and crime.

1200–50; (noun) Middle English stompe, cognate with or < Middle Low German stump(e), Middle Dutch stomp (compare German Stumpf); (v.) Middle English stumpen to stumble (as over a stump), derivative of the noun

stumpless, adjective
stumplike, adjective Unabridged
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stump (stʌmp)
1.  the base part of a tree trunk left standing after the tree has been felled or has fallen
2.  the part of something, such as a tooth, limb, or blade, that remains after a larger part has been removed
3.  informal, facetious
 a.  (often plural) a leg
 b.  stir one's stumps to move or become active
4.  cricket any of three upright wooden sticks that, with two bails laid across them, form a wicket (the stumps)
5.  Also called: tortillon a short sharply-pointed stick of cork or rolled paper or leather, used in drawing and shading
6.  a heavy tread or the sound of heavy footsteps
7.  a platform used by an orator when addressing a meeting
8.  (Austral) (often plural) a pile used to support a house
9.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) on the stump engaged in campaigning, esp by political speech-making
10.  (tr) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
11.  (intr) to plod or trudge heavily
12.  (tr) cricket (of a fielder, esp a wicketkeeper) to dismiss (a batsman) by breaking his wicket with the ball or with the ball in the hand while he is out of his crease
13.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to campaign or canvass (an area), esp by political speech-making
14.  (tr) to reduce to a stump; lop
15.  (tr) to clear (land) of stumps
[C14: from Middle Low German stump; related to Dutch stomp, German Stumpf; see stamp]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "remaining part of a severed arm or leg," from or cognate with M.L.G. stump (from adj. meaning "mutilated, blunt, dull"), M.Du. stomp "stump," from P.Gmc. *stump- (cf. O.N. stumpr, O.H.G., Ger. stumpf "stump," Ger. Stummel "piece cut off"), perhaps related to the root of
stub or stamp, but the connection in each case presents difficulties. Earliest form of the word in English is a now-obsolete verb meaning "to stumble over a tree-stump or other obstacle," attested from mid-13c. Meaning "part of a tree trunk left in the ground after felling" is from mid-15c. Sense of "walk clumsily" is first recorded c.1600; that of "baffle" is first recorded 1807, perhaps in reference to plowing newly cleared land.

"to go on a speaking tour during a political campaign," 1838, Amer.Eng., from phrase stump speech (1820), from stump (n.), large tree stumps being a natural perch for rural orators (this custom is attested from 1775).
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Medical Dictionary

stump (stŭmp)

  1. The extremity of a limb left after amputation.

  2. The pedicle remaining after removal of the tumor to which it was attached.

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Example sentences
He has since repeatedly mentioned the highway in a standard stump speech on his
  environmental accomplishments.
The stump of the once-glorious dome is now covered with wooden scaffolding.
When the gene is absent, the worm forms a stump with random junk from other
  parts of its body, but no brain.
Beauty's current stump is useless for hunting food, so a biologist has been
  hand-feeding the bird with forceps.
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