A woman dumps trash into a trash can.
- The definition of a dump is a place for throwing away large amounts of garbage.
An example of a dump is a landfill.
- To dump is defined as to throw away, empty or unload all at once.
An example of to dump is putting a garbage bag into a trash can.
- to throw down or out roughly; empty out or unload as in a heap or mass
- to throw away (garbage, rubbish, etc.), esp. in a place set apart for the purpose
- to get rid of in an abrupt, rough, or careless manner
- Informal to end a romantic relationship with (someone) abruptly
- to sell (a commodity) in a large quantity at a low price, esp. in a foreign market at a price below that of the domestic market
- to transfer (data in a computer memory) to another section of storage or to another storage medium
- to print out (data in a computer memory)
- Football to throw (a short pass) into the flat
Origin of dumpMiddle English dompen, to plunge, throw down; probably from Old Norse base akin to Danish dumpe, Swedish dompa: for Indo-European base see deep
- to fall in a heap or mass
- to unload rubbish
- to dump commodities
- Slang to defecate: somewhat vulgar
- a rubbish pile
- a place for dumping rubbish, etc.
- a copy, esp. a printout, of data stored in a computer
- Mil. a temporary storage center in the field, as for ammunition, food, or clothing
- Slang a bowel movement: somewhat vulgar: mainly in the phrase take a dump
- Informal a place that is unpleasant, ugly, run-down, etc.
Origin of dumpprobably from Dutch domp, haze, dullness, akin to damp
(down) in the dumps
verbdumped, dump·ing, dumps
- To release or throw down in a large mass.
- a. To empty (material) out of a container or vehicle: dumped the load of stones.b. To empty out (a container or vehicle), as by overturning or tilting.
- a. To get rid of; discard: a fine for dumping trash on public land; dumped the extra gear overboard.b. Informal To discard or reject unceremoniously: dump an old friend.
- To place (goods or stock, for example) on the market in large quantities and at a low price.
- Computers To transfer (data stored internally in a computer) from one place to another, as from a memory to a printout, without processing.
- Slang To knock down; beat.
- To fall or drop abruptly.
- To discharge cargo or contents; unload.
- Slang To criticize another severely: was always dumping on me.
- A place where refuse is dumped: a garbage dump; a nuclear waste dump.
- A storage place for goods or supplies; a depot: an ammunition dump.
- An unordered accumulation; a pile.
- Computers An instance or the result of dumping stored data.
- Slang A poorly maintained or disreputable place.
- Vulgar Slang An act of defecating. Often used with take.
Origin of dumpMiddle English dumpen, dompen to fall suddenly, drop of Scandinavian origin
- A place where waste or garbage is left; a ground or place for dumping ashes, refuse, etc.
- A toxic waste dump.
- A car or boat for dumping refuse, etc.
- That which is dumped, especially in a chaotic way; a mess.
- (computing) An act of dumping, or its result.
- The new XML dump is coming soon.
- A storage place for supplies, especially military.
- An unpleasant, dirty, disreputable, or unfashionable, boring or depressing looking place.
- This place looks like a dump.
- Don't feel bad about moving away from this dump.
- (vulgar, slang, often with the verb "take") An act of defecation; a defecating.
- I have to take a dump.
- A dull, gloomy state of the mind; sadness; melancholy; low spirits; despondency; ill humor (usually plural).
- March slowly on in solemn dump. -- Hudibras.
- Doleful dumps the mind oppress. --William Shakespeare
- I was musing in the midst of my dumps. --John Bunyan.
- Absence of mind; revery.
- (mining) A pile of ore or rock.
- (historical, Australia) A small coin made by punching a hole in a larger coin.
(third-person singular simple present dumps, present participle dumping, simple past and past participle dumped)
- To release, especially in large quantities and chaotic manner.
- To discard; to get rid of something one does not want anymore.
- (computing) To copy data from a system to another place or system, usually in order to archive it.
- (informal) To end a relationship with.
- To knock heavily; to stump.
- (US) To put or throw down with more or less of violence; hence, to unload from a cart by tilting it; as, to dump sand, coal, etc.
- (US) To precipitate (especially snow) heavily.
Akin to Old Norse dumpa (“to thump”) (> Danish dumpe (“to fall suddenly”))