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  • v. To collide with.
  • v. To cause (a thing) to collide with.
  • v. To meet by chance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. collide violently with an obstacle


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  • "You see, a Soviet courier doesn't just coincidentally bump into Julius Robert Oppenheimer, the Director of a secret US Army project, or Anna Weiss, a member of the project.

    Stallion Gate

  • Random molecular motions always cause individual hemoglobins to bump into each other.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • I knew that Azher would be back early, too, to prepare for a course he would be assistant-teaching the following semester, and it seemed only natural that I might bump into him.

    Dreaming in French

  • Their hammocks were strung within easy touching distance, though not so closely that they would bump into each other, and they twined the fingers of one hand together every night before they dozed off.

    Elephant in the City

  • The clouds run from right on the deck to well about 50,000 feet, and as they grow, they roam back and forth and bump into each other, causing more thunder-bumpers and confusion.

    Thud Ridge

  • Finally finished, Tom stepped across the stream of travelers as though they weren’t there, causing several people to bump into one another but none to bump into him, and picked up his bag from beside Dortmunder’s left foot.

    Drowned Hopes

  • Our downward eye is the fathometer, or echo-sounder, which tells us just how deep the water below our keel is and as we have about five thousand feet of water below our keel at this particular spot, we're hardly likely to bump into underwater projections and its use right now is purely a formality.

    Ice Station Zebra

  • Sure enough, I managed to bump into the boys I beefed with from Ghoul’s Park.

    Magic City


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