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bumper

Syllabification: bump·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbəmpər
 
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Definition of bumper in English:

noun

1A horizontal bar fixed across the front or back of a motor vehicle to reduce damage in a collision or as a trim.
Example sentences
  • After a year, the Ford Aspire had minor changes done in that included new front and rear bumpers, headlamps, turn signals, tail lamps, and wheel covers.
  • This airbag is deployed from just above the front bumper when a frontal collision is imminent.
  • Usually such damages will weaken the bumper's ability to absorb the shock of collision.
2 archaic A generous glassful of an alcoholic drink, typically one drunk as a toast.
Example sentences
  • He who drank a bumper on his knees to the health of his mistress, was dubbed a knight for the evening.
  • On my way home I stopped in at the tavern and drank a bumper of whiskey, something I had not indulged in for the last five or six years.
  • There are whole pages full of Masonic toasts from which the presiding officer could select, and after every one of which a bumper was drunk by the Brethren present.

adjective

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Exceptionally large, fine, or successful: a bumper crop
More example sentences
  • In many areas, this year's bumper crop means exceptionally high removal of nutrients.
  • There were thousands of acres [of wheat] sown in our vicinity this fall and prospects for a bumper crop are fine so far this winter.
  • Hopefully we will have a fine weekend and bumper crowds.

Phrases

bumper-to-bumper

1
Very close together, as cars in a traffic jam.
Example sentences
  • Traffic was bumper-to-bumper after police closed part of Ribbleton Lane and Deepdale Road, near the prison, and also St Mary's Street, off Ribbleton Lane.
  • Both the morning and afternoon races witnessed the closest bumper-to-bumper action that the S championship has seen so far in 2005, with similar starts but very different endings.
  • Usually on any working day the traffic moves bumper-to-bumper.

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