bumper

A bumper is the curved bar across the front of a car that protects it from getting dented or scratched during minor accidents. If you bump into your mailbox, you may damage your car's bumper.

A car's bumper is designed to absorb as much impact as possible, protecting the more important parts of the car. A bumper car at a carnival is made to be slammed into other bumper cars — the bumpers help keep riders safe from injury, while the cars travel too slowly to cause damage. The earliest bumpers, in the 1830s, were on the front of trains. The phrase "bumper-to-bumper traffic" means an unusually dense traffic jam.

Definitions of bumper
  1. noun
    a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
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    type of:
    mechanical device
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
  2. noun
    a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast)
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    type of:
    drinking glass, glass
    a container for holding liquids while drinking
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