Pronunciation Noun

dump (plural dumps)

  1. A place where waste or garbage is left; a ground or place for dumping ashes, refuse, etc.; a disposal site.
    A toxic waste dump.
  2. A car or boat for dumping refuse, etc.
  3. That which is dumped, especially in a chaotic way; a mess.
  4. (computing) An act of dumping, or its result.
    The new XML dump is coming soon.
  5. (computing) A formatted listing of the contents of program storage, especially when produced automatically by a failing program
  6. A storage place for supplies, especially military.
  7. An unpleasant, dirty, disreputable, unfashionable, boring or depressing looking place.
    This place looks like a dump.
    Don't feel bad about moving away from this dump.
  8. (vulgar, slang, often with the verb "take", euphemism) An act of defecation; a defecating.
    I have to take a dump.
  9. (usually, in the plural) A sad, gloomy state of the mind; sadness; melancholy; despondency
    • circa 1594 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene 5,
      […] doleful dumps the mind oppress […]
    • 1679, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, London: J. Clarke, 1743, p. 26,
      […] I was musing in the midst of my dumps […]
    • 1684, Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras, London, Part 2, Canto I, p. 228,
      March slowly on in solemn dump […]
  10. Absence of mind; revery.
    • 1706, John Locke, Of the Conduct of the Understanding, Boston: R.P. & C. Williams, 1825, Section 45, p. 125,
      They see not what passes before their eyes; hear not the audible discourse of the company; and when by any strong application to them they are roused a little, they are like men brought to themselves from some remote region […] . The shame that such dumps cause to well-bred people, when it carries them away from the company, where they should bear a part of the conversation, is a sufficient argument that it is a fault in the conduct of our understanding, not to have that power over it as to make use of it to those purposes, and on those occasions, wherein we have need of its assistance.
  11. (mining) A pile of ore or rock.
  12. (obsolete) A melancholy strain or tune in music; any tune.
    • circa 1594, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act III, Scene 2,
      Tune a deploring dump […]
    • circa 1594 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene 5,
      O, play me some merry dump to comfort me.
  13. (obsolete) An old kind of dance.
  14. (historical, Australia, Canada) A small coin made by punching a hole in a larger coin (called a holey dollar).
    • 2002, Paul Swan, Maths Investigations, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=NBO2OJAtWzwC&pg=PA66&dq=%22dump%22|%22dumps%22+coin+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=95NHT4KWDe_umAXRgqCcDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dump%22|%22dumps%22%20coin%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 66],
      Basically, to overcome an acute shortage of money in 1813, Governor Lachlan Macquarie bought silver dollars from Spain and then punched the centres out, thereby producing two coins - the ‘holey dollar’ (worth five shillings) and the ‘dump’ (worth one shilling and threepence). Talk about creating money out of nothing—the original silver dollar only cost five shillings! The holey dollar and the dump have been adopted as the symbol for the Macquarie Bank in Australia.
  15. (marketing) A temporary display case that holds many copies of an item being sold.
Translations Verb

dump (dumps, present participle dumping; past and past participle dumped)

  1. (transitive) To release, especially in large quantities and chaotic manner.
  2. (transitive) To discard; to get rid of something one does not want anymore.
  3. (transitive) To sell below cost or very cheaply; to engage in dumping.
  4. (transitive, computing) To copy data from a system to another place or system, usually in order to archive it.
  5. (transitive, computing) To output the contents of storage or a data structure, often in order to diagnose a bug.
  6. (transitive, informal) To end a relationship with.
  7. (transitive) To knock heavily; to stump.
  8. (transitive, US) To put or throw down with more or less of violence; hence, to unload from a cart by tilting it
    We dumped the coal onto the fireplace.
  9. (transitive, US) To precipitate (especially snow) heavily.
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  • Russian: сба́грить
Translations Translations Noun

dump (plural dumps)

  1. (UK, archaic) A thick, ill-shapen piece.
  2. (UK, archaic) A lead counter used in the game of chuck-farthing.

dump (plural dumps)

  1. (Northern England) A deep hole in a river bed; a pool.
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