stump or stomp

   A kind of pencil consisting of a tight roll of paper or soft leather, or of a cylindrical piece of rubber or other soft material used for rubbing down hard lines in pencil or crayon drawing, for blending the lines of shading so as to produce a uniform tint. A stump may be used with any powdery pigment such as graphite or charcoal, spreading and rubbing it. The use of stumps was in greatest favor in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although commercially available today, the use of stumps has largely gone out of favor in the last century. Also called a torchon or tortillon.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • Stump — Stump, n. [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G. stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to E. stamp.] 1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stump tracery — Stump Stump, n. [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G. stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to E. stamp.] 1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stump — ► NOUN 1) the part of a tree trunk left projecting from the ground after the rest has fallen or been felled. 2) a projecting remnant of something worn away or cut or broken off. 3) Cricket each of the three upright pieces of wood which form a… …   English terms dictionary

  • stump — [n] end piece butt, end, projection, stub, tail end, tip; concepts 825,827 stump [v1] confuse, bewilder baffle, bring up short, confound, dumbfound, foil, mystify, nonplus, outwit, perplex, puzzle, stagger, stick, stop, stymie; concept 16 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • stump — stumpless, adj. stumplike, adj. /stump/, n. 1. the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed. 2. the part of a limb of the body… …   Universalium

  • stump — {{11}}stump (n.) mid 14c., remaining part of a severed arm or leg, from or cognate with M.L.G. stump (from adj. meaning mutilated, blunt, dull ), M.Du. stomp stump, from P.Gmc. *stump (Cf. O.N. stumpr, O.H.G., Ger. stumpf stump, Ger. Stummel… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stump — [[t]stʌ̱mp[/t]] stumps, stumping, stumped 1) N COUNT: usu with supp A stump is a small part of something that remains when the rest of it has been removed or broken off. If you have a tree stump, check it for fungus... The tramp produced a stump… …   English dictionary

  • stump — [[t]stʌmp[/t]] n. 1) the lower end of a tree trunk or plant left standing after the upper part falls or is cut off 2) the part of a limb of the body remaining after the rest has been cut off 3) den a part of a broken or decayed tooth left in the… …   From formal English to slang

  • stump — stump1 [stʌmp] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Middle Low Germa] 1.) the bottom part of a tree that is left in the ground after the rest of it has been cut down ▪ an old tree stump 2.) the short part of someone s leg, arm etc that remains after the rest of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stump — noun 1》 the part of a tree trunk left projecting from the ground after the rest has fallen or been felled. 2》 a projecting remnant of something worn away or cut or broken off. 3》 Cricket each of the three upright pieces of wood which form a… …   English new terms dictionary


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