Definition of dump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌmp//
    see also dumps
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  1. 1  a place where waste or rubbish/garbage is taken and left (British English) a rubbish dump (North American English) a garbage dump the municipal dump a toxic/nuclear waste dump
  2. 2(also mine dump) (South African English) a hill that is formed when waste sand from the production of gold is piled in one place over a period of time
  3. dirty place
  4. 3(informal, disapproving) a dirty or unpleasant place How can you live in this dump?
  5. for weapons
  6. 4a temporary store for military supplies an ammunition dump
  7. computing
  8. 5an act of copying data stored in a computer; a copy or list of the contents of this data see also screen dump
  9. waste from body
  10. 6[countable] (slang) an act of passing waste matter from the body through the bowels to have a dump
  11. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps from Old Norse; related to Danish dumpe and Norwegian dumpa ‘fall suddenly’ (the original sense in English); in later use partly imitative; compare with thump.Extra examples Radioactive waste has been found at the dump. They took the mattress to the dump. a new dump for nuclear waste cleaning up a toxic waste dump taking rubbish to the dump
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dump