Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A blow, as with a blunt object.
  • noun A muffled sound, as that produced by beating with a blunt object; a thud.
  • intransitive verb To beat so as to produce a thump or thumps.
  • intransitive verb To move or cause to strike with a thump or thumps.
  • intransitive verb Informal To defeat soundly; drub.
  • intransitive verb To hit or fall in such a way as to produce a thump or thumps.
  • intransitive verb To move or collide with a thump or thumps.
  • intransitive verb To beat or throb audibly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To beat heavily, or with something thick and heavy.
  • To produce by a heavy blow or beating.
  • To beat; give a thump or blow.
  • noun A heavy blow, or the sound made by such a blow; a blow with a club, the fist, or anything that gives a thick, heavy sound; a bang: as, to give one a thump.
  • noun plural Beating of the chest in horses due to spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm. It is similar to hiccough in man.
  • noun 3. In machinery, the dull sound caused by lost motion at some joint where the stress is alternately in one direction and another, and the hole is slightly larger than the pin from wear or mal-adjustment.

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

  • noun The sound made by the sudden fall or blow of a heavy body, as of a hammer, or the like.
  • noun A blow or knock, as with something blunt or heavy; a heavy fall.
  • transitive verb To strike or beat with something thick or heavy, or so as to cause a dull sound.
  • intransitive verb To give a thump or thumps; to strike or fall with a heavy blow; to pound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a blow that produces a muffled sound
  • noun the sound of such a blow; a thud
  • verb transitive to hit (someone or something) as if to make a thump
  • verb intransitive to thud or pound
  • verb intransitive to throb with a muffled rhythmic sound

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

  • verb hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
  • noun a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
  • noun a heavy blow with the hand
  • verb move rhythmically
  • verb make a dull sound

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably of imitative origin.]

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