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

  • adj. Informal Outstanding in size, degree, or quality: a thumping success; a thumping party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exceptional in some degree.
  • n. A dull, heavy sound.
  • n. A heavy defeat
  • v. Present participle of thump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Heavy; large.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unusually large or heavy; big.

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

  • adj. (used informally) very large
  • n. a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)


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  • And this is what you call a thumping, 65 percent to 28 percent.

    CNN Transcript May 13, 2008

  • It wasn't until after the president felt what he called the thumping of the midterm election defeats that he announced he had changed his mind.

    CNN Transcript Dec 31, 2006

  • But that was before the president's party got what he called a thumping in the midterm elections, losing their majority in the House, and possibly the Senate.

    CNN Transcript Nov 8, 2006

  • And that's right, this is the president's first test on the international stage since his party received what he called a thumping in last week's midterm elections.

    CNN Transcript Nov 16, 2006

  • There is fome - thing very remarkable in what we call their thumping, which they do with their wings, by clapping theni againft their fides, as the hunters fay.

    Essays Upon Natural History, and Other Miscellaneous Subjects,

  • At two o'clock the music and voices and thumping from the other room stopped, and I thought it was high time to go home, but when I went out there, trailing the blanket behind me, I found them all passed out: Louise face down on the Twister mat, a snoring Ted mountain near the fireplace, my parents spooning together in a corner like Pompeii people.


  • Nelson's current chest thumping is his subcommittee being a pain in the ...

    NASA Administrator: A New Name Is Circulating - NASA Watch

  • So when he stepped out on stage, with U2's "City of Blinding Lights" thumping from the loudspeakers, Obama joined hands with Reid.

    Obama stumps in Las Vegas to bail out Harry Reid

  • Years ago, in a beautiful campground in Canada, we were awakened by booming music thumping from a stereo as some local began his drunken celebration of Canada Day at 6am.

    mjh's blog — 2008 — July

  • But on past performance we can expect a lot of chest thumping from the GZG and from the Americans.

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  • WORD: thumping

    DEFINITION: A technique used by geological surveyors and prospectors to locate subsurface deposits of oil, shale gas, minerals, etc., which consists of dropping a weight (the "thumper") from some height against the ground, followed by the recording and analysis of the pattern of seismic waves reflected and refracted by the impact. (For more information, see the Wikipedia article "Seismic Source", especially the section subtitled "Thumper Truck".

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    RELATED WORDS: thumper truck; thumper

    ' Several Lee County residents reported recently seeing "thumper" trucks in the area, so named for the sound made when they clap a steel plate against the ground, using the reverberations to pinpoint potentially gas-rich underground rock formations and faults.'
    -- Billy Ball. "Before fracking begins in N.C., Texas energy company investigates shale gas deposits in Lee County." INDYweek, September 25, 2013.

    September 27, 2013

  • "As in any kind of factory, uniformity is essential. Piglets that don't grow fast enough--the runts--are a drain on resources and so have no place on the farm. Picked up by their hind legs, they are swung and then bashed headfirst onto the concrete floor. This common practice is called 'thumping.' 'We've thumped as many as 120 in one day,' said a worker from a Missouri farm."

    --Jonathan Safran Foer, in his book Eating Animals

    May 2, 2010