1. One who, or that which, jumps.
2. A long drilling tool used by masons and quarrymen.
3. A rude kind of sleigh; -- usually, a simple box on runners which are in one piece with the poles that form the thills. [U.S.]
4. Zool. The larva of the cheese fly. See Cheese fly, under Cheese.
5. Eccl. A name applied in the 18th century to certain Calvinistic Methodists in Wales whose worship was characterized by violent convulsions.
6. Horology spring to impel the star wheel, also a pawl to lock fast a wheel, in a repeating timepiece.
Baby jumper. See in the Vocabulary.
Bounty jumper. See under Bounty.
Boun·ty, n.; pl. Bounties
1. Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth. [Obs.]
Nature set in her at once beauty with bounty. --Gower.
2. Liberality in bestowing gifts or favors; gracious or liberal giving; generosity; munificence.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea. --Shak.
3. That which is given generously or liberally. “Thy morning bounties.”
4. A premium offered or given to induce men to enlist into the public service; or to encourage any branch of industry, as husbandry or manufactures.
Bounty jumper, one who, during the latter part of the Civil War, enlisted in the United States service, and deserted as soon as possible after receiving the bounty. [Collog.]
Queen Anne's bounty Eng. Hist., a provision made in Queen Anne's reign for augmenting poor clerical livings.
Syn: -- Munificence; generosity; beneficence.