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Charles Goodyear: received a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber (1844)
IN BRIEF: n. - A laborer who carries supplies to masons or bricklayers.
1. One who stumps.
2. A boastful person. [Slang]
3. A puzzling or incredible story. [Slang, U.S.]
v., stumped, stump·ing, stumps. v.tr.
- To reduce to a stump.
- To clear stumps from: stump a field.
- To stub (a toe or foot).
- To walk over heavily or clumsily.
- To traverse (a district or region) making political speeches.
- To shade (a drawing) with a stump.
- To challenge (someone); dare.
- To cause to be at a loss; baffle: stumped the teacher with a question.
- To walk heavily or clumsily.
- To go about making political speeches.
[Middle English stumpe, possibly from Middle Low German stump.]
n., pl. -ties.
- A person regarded as being of no importance or significance.
- Something that does not exist or that exists only in the imagination.
tr.v., -nized, -niz·ing, -niz·es.
To improve the strength, resiliency, and freedom from stickiness and odor of (rubber, for example) by combining with sulfur or other additives in the presence of heat and pressure.
vulcanizable vul'ca·niz'a·ble adj.
vulcanization vul'ca·ni·za'tion (-nĭ-zā'shən) n.
vulcanizer vul'ca·niz'er n.
- To ruin or bungle: gum up the works.
[Middle English gomme, from Old French, from Late Latin gumma, variant of Latin gummi, cummi, from Greek kommi, perhaps from Egyptian ḳmj-t.]
gum upRuin or bungle something, as in The front office has gummed up the sales campaign thoroughly. This idiom is also put as gum up the works, as in John's changes in procedures have gummed up the works in the shipping department. [Slang; c. 1900]