Also, jump. Automotive. the starting of an internal-combustion engine that has a discharged or weak battery by means of booster cables.
verb (used with object)
to give a jump-start to:
to jump-start an engine.
to enliven or revive:
to jump-start a sluggish economy.
to start the engine of (a car) by connecting it to another engine with jump leads or (of a car) to start in this way
the act of starting a car in this way
The act or process of starting or setting in motion something that is stalled or sluggish: Linden teacher gives kids jump-start on information highway
To start a car by attaching cables to the battery from a car that runs; start anything that resists going: They finally jump-start that poor dumb animal/ Mubarak Tries to Jump Start Stalled Mideast Peace Talks (1980s+)
noun an Internet portal
- Jump street
noun phrase The very beginning; the GIT-GO, square one: One usually starts at the beginning of the endeavor, or from Jump Street [1980s+; at the first jump in the same sense is found by 1577]
[juhmp-soot] /ˈdʒʌmpˌsut/ noun 1. a one-piece worn by parachutists for . 2. a garment fashioned after this, usually combining a shirt or bodice with shorts or trousers in one piece.
- Jump the couch
verb phrase to exhibit frenzied or aberrant behavior that makes others think one is insane Word Origin 2005; fr Tom Cruise on Oprah TV show Usage Note informal verb phrase To exhibit frenzied or aberrant behavior that makes others think one is insane [2005+; fr Tom Cruise’s antics on Oprah TV show]