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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v umpire be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
    • n umpire someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue "the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature","the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the disputants","an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"
    • n umpire an official at a baseball game
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate
    • Umpire A person to whose sole decision a controversy or question between parties is referred; especially, one chosen to see that the rules of a game, as cricket, baseball, or the like, are strictly observed. "A man, in questions of this kind, is able to be a skillful umpire between himself and others."
    • Umpire (Law) A third person, who is to decide a controversy or question submitted to arbitrators in case of their disagreement.
    • v. i Umpire To act as umpire or arbitrator.
    • Umpire To decide as umpire; to arbitrate; to settle, as a dispute. "Judges appointed to umpire the matter in contest between them, and to decide where the right lies."
    • Umpire To perform the duties of umpire in or for; as, to umpire a game.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, on June 26, 1985, organist Wilbur Snapp played "Three Blind Mice" following a call by umpire Keith O'Connor. The umpire was not amused, and saw to it that Mr. Snapp was ejected from the game.
    • n umpire A person to whose sole decision a controversy or question between parties is referred; one agreed upon as a judge, arbiter, or referee in case of conflict of opinions; specifically, a person selected to see that the rules of a game, as cricket or base-ball, are enforced, and to decide disputed or debatable points.
    • n umpire In law, a third person called in to decide a controversy or question submitted to arbitrators when the arbitrators do not agree in opinion. Synonyms Arbitrator, Referee, etc. See judge.
    • umpire To decide as umpire; settle, as a dispute. Specifically To enforce the rules of (a game), and decide disputed points: as, to umpire a game of baseball.
    • umpire To act as umpire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first cover of "Sports Illustrated," in 1954, showed National League umpire, Augie Donatelli, behind the plate with two major-league stars: catcher Wes Westrum, and batter Eddie Matthews.
    • n Umpire um′pīr a third person called in to decide a dispute: an arbitrator
    • v.i Umpire to act as umpire
    • v.t Umpire to decide as umpire
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  • Ron Luciano
    Ron Luciano
    “Being an umpire is like being a king. It prepares you for nothing.”
  • Robert Smith
    Robert Smith
    “Cardinal rule for all hitters with two strikes on them: Never trust the umpire.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A baseball fan is a spectator sitting 500 feet from home plate Who can see better than an umpire standing five feet away.”
  • Madame Dudevant
    Madame Dudevant
    “Rules of society are nothing; ones conscience is the umpire.”
  • Leo Aikman
    Leo Aikman
    “Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.”
  • Agnes C. Laut
    Agnes C. Laut
    “The ultimate umpire of all things in life is -- fact.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nompere, nounpere,also impier, fr. F. impair, uneven), fr. OF. nomper, uneven, F. non-pair,; hence the meaning, uneven, i. e., third person; non, not + OF. per, even, equal, peer, F. pair,; cf. L. impar, uneven, unequal. See Non-, and Peer (n.)


In literature:

There was a chorus of protests from Chicken Little and Katy, but Ernest and Carol acting as umpires declared that Sherm had kept his contract.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Agreeably to chapter 3, title 4, of the agreement, each party named two arbitrators, and the latter, acting together, an umpire.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
His duty will be to assist the referee and umpire.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
You be umpire, Billy.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
Two officers in staff caps, understood to be umpires, rode by.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
As I agreed to the decision of the umpire beforehand, I had to submit.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
He knows what has been given him to declare, how far it extends; he can act as an umpire; he is equal to emergencies.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
Time is flying, and the umpire is already fidgeting with his watch.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
An umpire is desirable.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various
The ground was measured by the umpires.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Even the umpire, Solomon Owl, had to admit that.
"The Tale of Grumpy Weasel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The referee was a member of the Whipford Athletic Club and the umpire was from Davenport.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
How's that, umpire, for your `Squaretoes,' eh?
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The yelling and handclapping of the few spectators almost drowned the umpire's whistle.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
The umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play, and all disputes are determined by them, each at his own wicket.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
If General Pershing isn't too busy Lank will try and get him to umpire some afternoon.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
Kiowa took the ball, but the umpire butted in.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The umpire selected in behalf of the opponents of Parris was no other than Elisha Cook, the head of the party arrayed against Mather.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
These umpires were inducted into office by the most solemn oaths.
"Nero" by Jacob Abbott
Then there was a hot debate, as the umpire, himself laughing until the tears ran down his face, tried to solve the situation.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick

In poetry:

Since Jesus the atonement was,
Let tender mercy me release;
Let him be umpire of my cause,
And pass the gladsome doom of peace.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
When vengeance seems, for broken laws,
To light on thee with dread;
Let Christ be umpire of thy cause,
Thy Husband well can plead.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Now as he lay the board upon,
Nor car'd a pin for Judge or John,
The keen-ey'd umpire soon beheld
His belly more than common swell'd;
For, when the bowels leave the flank,
It ought to look a little lank.
"Justice" by William Hutton
Known by the Gods as near he draws
They make him Umpire of the Cause.
Ore a low trunk his arm he layd,
Where since his Hours a Dial made.
Then leaning heard the nice debate,
And thus pronouncd the words of Fate.
"An Allegory On Man" by Thomas Parnell
Simple Simonsen, the umpire, sorted out the happy pair,
And he found a pitch to suit them, and we left them fighting there;
But The Conqueror and Cop-Out met with cries of rage and pain,
And wild horses couldn't part those ancient enemies again.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson
The pitcher smiled and cut one loose - across the plate it sped;
Another hiss, another groan. "Strike one!" the umpire said.
Zip! Like a shot the second curve broke just below the knee.
"Strike two!" the umpire roared aloud; but Casey made no plea.
"Casey's Revenge" by Henry Grantland Rice

In news:

If the call is overturned, the umpire crew chief will determine where the runners should go.
He was inducted into the NEIBA Hall of Fame in 2002 after umpiring professionally for 34 years.
A 15-minute delay followed a questionable call by an umpire.
Umpires might have made an error, but the Braves made three.
With one out left to get, first base umpire Jim Joyce cost Tigers P Armando Gallaraga a perfect game last night when he blew a call.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif (AP) — Baseball is considering a broader expansion of video review for umpires than first discussed.
Baseball is considering a broader expansion of video review for umpires than first discussed.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif — Baseball is considering a broader expansion of video review for umpires than first discussed.
Instant replays could instantly fix baseball's umpire problem.
SC coach Ray Tanner says the umpires wouldn't have made the interference call that took a Clemson run off the board if it wasn't the correct one.
The MLB Umpire blew the "call heard 'round the world".
The Yankees' Robinson Cano tags the Tigers' Omar Infante as Infante tries to dive back to second base in the eighth inning of Game 2 Sunday, but umpire Jeff Nelson called him safe.
Minor league baseball player, umpire robbed in Winston-Salem.
Baseball player, umpire robbed in Winston-Salem.
And what should happen to the umpire.

In science:

The technique could also help third umpires in the sports to remove an element of doubt.
Stereography using a single lens
The umpire alternates between two states: a state where it is checking a player’s move and the state where it is idle. Parameters t1 and t2 are respectively the time needed by players X and Y to think about a move.
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications
The parameter T represents the time need by the umpire in order to validate a player’s move.
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications
Board which, in turn, fires the action Validate(p) of the Umpire. In the SAN model, this phenomena is represented by the synchronizing event “a” whose rate is equal to 1/t1.
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications