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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bumper a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
    • n bumper a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast) "we quaffed a bumper of ale"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If all the cars from the U.S. were taken and lined up from bumper to bumper, there would be enough cars to go to the moon from earth and back.
    • Bumper A covered house at a theater, etc., in honor of some favorite performer.
    • Bumper A cup or glass filled to the brim, or till the liquor runs over, particularly in drinking a health or toast. "He frothed his bumpers to the brim."
    • Bumper (Motor vehicles) a protective guard device, usually of metal or rubber, attached horizontally to the front or rear of the frame of a vehicle, designed to resist or deaden a bump or shock, and to prevent damage to the main frame of the vehicle in low-velocity collisions.
    • Bumper Anything which resists or deadens a bump or shock, such as a metal or rubber rim extending from an object; a buffer.
    • Bumper That which bumps or causes a bump.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bumper One who or that which bumps.
    • n bumper A log of wood placed over a ship's side to keep off ice, or anything similarly used; a fender.
    • n bumper A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially when drunk as a toast.
    • n bumper A crowded house at a theatrical benefit, or the like.
    • bumper To fill to the brim.
    • n bumper A species of pompano-like fish, Chloroscombrus chrysurus, of the family Carangidæ, found on the South Atlantic coast and about Cuba. Also called casabe.
    • n bumper In felt-hat manuf., a machine used for consolidating the felted material.
    • n bumper In Eng. whist, a rubber of 8 points.
    • bumper Brimming; abundant; very good; as, a bumper crop.
    • bumper To toast by drinking off a bumper.
    • bumper To drink bumpers: as, “we all sang and bumpered away,”
    • n bumper In pianoforte-making, same as counter-check, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bumper a cup or glass filled to the brim for drinking a toast: anything large or generous in measure: a crowded house at a theatre or concert
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corruption of bumbard, bombard, a large drinking vessel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Put it down and drink a bumper of brandy to the success of our enterprise.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Jew Mike did honor to his own toast in a bumper of brandy; nor were the others backward in following his example.
"Venus in Boston;" by George Thompson
If he had consumed all the bumpers he was offered, he would have been as drunk as a fiddler at an Irish wake.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
The coach swayed and careened, pounding the sleepers set on a sharp angle and tugging to part the bumpers.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Robin filled his guest a bumper of wine, and made a sign for Little John to hand back the pouch.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Join me in a bumper of this generous old Port.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
Drink then a bumper, 'tis a folly, Dear Damon, to be melancholy.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
Then come along, my boy; we'll drown care, raise our spirits, and swallow the enemy in a bumper.
"She Would Be a Soldier" by Mordecai Manuel Noah
I shall therefore drink a bumper to the health of Admiral Lord Yarborough and the Yacht Club, and proceed.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
The manager is confident of a 'bumper,' and bids me do my best.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
A soft rubber bumper fastened on each end of the rod acts as a cushion to prevent jar breakage in shipping.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
A bumper to our new Queen of Song!
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
The plastic meteor-bumper wasn't built to take that sort of thing.
"Hanging by a Thread" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Fill the cup, Hans, and join your rough hand to ours; we'll seal the alliance in a bumper!
"The Banished" by Wilhelm Hauff
So, bumpers, gentlemen, and get rid of this wine as fast as we can.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
Fill up your glass, and drink a bumper to our next venture, whatever it be!
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
Then, pledging the company in a bumper, he swore to devote his life and fortune to the cause.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Here's the champagne, and we 'll drink a bumper to her.
"That Boy Of Norcott's" by Charles James Lever
I hope you will drink the toast of 'Prosperity to the Scottish Hospital' in full bumpers.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII
And now here's a bumper to her, and who 'll refuse it?
"Jack Hinton The Guardsman" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

So Nell was married yesterday! -
Let's fill a bumper mellow,
And drain it to old Hymen's sway -
And to the lucky fellow.
"The Devoutly Thankful Lover" by Harry Breaker Morant
Let's toss a bumper down our throat, -
Before we pass to Heaven,
And toast: "The trim-set petticoat
We leave behind in Devon."
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Let’s toss a bumper down our throat
Before we pass to heaven,
And toast: “The trim-set petticoat
We leave behind in Devon.”
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Come, let us be cheerful,--remember last night,
How they cheered us, and--never mind--meant it all right;
To-night, we harm nothing,--we love in the lump;
Here's a bumper to Maine, in the juice of the pump!
"Semi-Centennial Celebration Of The New England Society" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
COME! fill a fresh bumper, for why should we go
While the nectar (logwood) still reddens our cups as they flow?
Pour out the rich juices (decoction) still bright with the sun,
Till o'er the brimmed crystal the rubies (dye-stuff) shall run.
"Ode For A Social Meeting" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My joyful call should instantly bring all who love me most,--
For ne'er were seen such arch delights from Greek or Roman host;
Nor at the free, control-less jousts, where, spite of cynic vaunts,
Austere but lenient Seneca no "Ercles" bumper daunts;
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

What is it with casual Valley restaurants putting us on a patio where we're face-to-face with the car bumpers that crowd strip malls.
Utilizing hot-stamped high-strength steel in key parts of the body, some aluminum here and there, and even plastic for the rear bumper beam, the Compact platform isn't overweight.
As the cars pull into the parking lot on Sunday morning at the church I serve, about an equal number of them sport Romney bumper stickers and Obama bumper stickers.
Aidan Arons goes for a spin on the bumper cars with his mom, Sarah, at Carnival Colossal & Expo in San Clemente.
The results are in, and Detroit has a bumper crop of new visions to help it reimagine its - 11:57 am.
Vehicles are bumper to bumper during the rush hour in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007.
A Chrysler PT Cruiser top and rear wing make an appearance as does '55 Chevy front and rear bumpers and taillights.
The Conquest wide-area upright, from Hoover's commercial upright line, takes on a fresh appearance with a new color, a new finish, and a new transparent bumper.
Well here she is 95.79K 65 downloads 94.66K 77 downloads 91.15K 70 downloads 109.62K 72 downloads 123.5K 63 downloads 97.23K 62 downloads 122.47K 44 downloads This bumper was my first attempt at metal foil.
As I sat there, the idiot began to back up and didn't stop till she hit my bumper.
Gins are more active this year, but crops aren't bumper.
The bumper sticker reads "We still say Merry Christmas," in defiance of the season's "Happy Holidays" generalization.
This stray kitten was stuck in the bumper of a. Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland will ban the sale of baby crib bumper pads next year, saying the items have no benefit but potentially serious risks to infant health.
Maryland health officials have published final regulations to prohibit the sale of decorative bumpers that line the inside of baby cribs, making this the first state with such a ban.

In science:

Increas ing the drift speed we observe that the layered bumper zone develops being further enhanced with rising drift velocity.
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
The use of an effective gap by means of velocity anticipation reduces velocity fluctuations in free flow and leads to platoons of vehicles driving bumper-to-bumper.
An empirical test for cellular automaton models of traffic flow
Here, the training set contains 1500 examples of microlensing and > 2000 examples of other kinds of variability (pre-main sequence stars, Coronae Borealis stars, Miras, Semi-regular variables, Cepheids, Bumpers, Supernovae, novae, eclipsing variables).
RIP: The Macho Era (1974-2004)
Modelling of textured aluminium alloys used in a bumper system: Material tests and characterization.
A study of localisation in dual-phase high-strength steels under dynamic loading using digital image correlation and FE analysis
Bumper ramp down time t ramp = 20 ms in both cases.
Present Performance of Electron Cooling at Cosy-J\"ulich