Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ceramics, the staining of the glaze on the under parts of pieces of ceramic ware: a potters' term. This effect is sometimes noticed on pieces decorated with flow-blue color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective of jump, to leap.
  • adjective 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.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) a South African rodent (Pedetes Caffer), allied to the jerboa.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any of the numerous species of plant lice belonging to the family Psyllidæ, several of which are injurious to fruit trees.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) North American mouse (Zapus Hudsonius), having a long tail and large hind legs. It is noted for its jumping powers. Called also kangaroo mouse.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) gray mullet.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any African insectivore of the genus Macroscelides. They are allied to the shrews, but have large hind legs adapted for jumping.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) spider of the genus Salticus and other related genera; one of the Saltigradæ; -- so called because it leaps upon its prey.

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  • adjective colloquial excellent, very fun
  • verb Present participle of jump.

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

  • noun the act of participating in an athletic competition in which you must jump
  • noun the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground

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Examples

  • "IPO + privacy issues + your grandma joining + one redesign too many + general social-network fatigue = Fonzie on water-skis," he says, referring to the rather-desperate "Happy Days" episode that gave rise to the expression "jumping the shark."

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  • The term jumping on the bandwagon may have been attributed to PT Barnum who was attributed as saying "There's a sucker born every minute."

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  • Here's a quote from the wiki entry: The term jumping the shark alludes to a specific scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days when the popular character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli literally jumps over a shark while water skiing.

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  • A fall I had in jumping from the window of the Tuileries, the fatigue of a tramp of twelve leagues, and my painful reflections on the deplorable events which had just taken place, overcame me to such a degree that I had a very high fever.

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  • Hence the term jumping the shark refers to the point in a series in which the writers do something ridiculous in order to pull in some ratings.

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  • Now that's what I call jumping the shark (or in this case, the guppy).

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  • SANCHEZ: That's what they call jumping in the boat, my friend.

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  • I thought the incident was blackly funny, until I was reminded of the case of Rebekah Lawrence, a woman who committed suicide by jumping from the top of a Sydney office building after attending a “self-help” course that, as part of its program, included childhood regression sessions.

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  • I thought the incident was blackly funny, until I was reminded of the case of Rebekah Lawrence, a woman who committed suicide by jumping from the top of a Sydney office building after attending a “self-help” course that, as part of its program, included childhood regression sessions.

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  • But for huge dog like Great Dane, jumping is certainly a big problem and can potentially result in injuries.

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  • The act which connects a front page article to a page deep within the recesses of a newspaper.

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