verb (used with object)
to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily or suddenly:
Dump the topsoil here.
to empty out, as from a container, by tilting or overturning.
to unload or empty out (a container), as by tilting or overturning.
to be dismissed, fired, or released from a contract:
The first baseman was dumped from the team after hitting .210 for the first half of the season.
to transfer or rid oneself of suddenly and irresponsibly:
Don’t dump your troubles on me!
Computers. to print, display, or record on an output medium (the contents of a computer’s internal storage or the contents of a file), often at the time a program fails.
Slang. to kill; murder:
threats to dump him if he didn’t pay up.
verb (used without object)
to fall or drop down suddenly.
to throw away or discard garbage, refuse, etc.
to release contents:
a sewage pipe that dumps in the ocean.
Slang. to complain, criticize, gossip, or tell another person one’s problems:
He calls me up just to dump.
Slang: Vulgar. to defecate.
an accumulation of discarded garbage, refuse, etc.
Also called dumpsite, dumping-ground. a place where garbage, refuse, etc., is deposited.
the act of dumping.
Informal. a place, house, or town that is dilapidated, dirty, or disreputable.
(in merchandising) a bin or specially made carton in which items are displayed for sale:
Fifty copies of the best-selling paperback novel were in a dump near the checkout counter.
Computers. a copy of the contents of a computer’s internal storage or of the contents of a file at a given instant, that is printed, displayed, or stored on an output medium.
dump on (someone), Informal.
to drop, fall, or let fall heavily or in a mass
(transitive) to empty (objects or material) out of a container
to unload, empty, or make empty (a container), as by tilting or overturning
(transitive) (informal) to dispose of
(transitive) to dispose of (waste, esp radioactive nuclear waste) in the sea or on land
(transitive) to store (supplies, arms, etc) temporarily
(intransitive) (slang, mainly US) to defecate
(transitive) (surfing) (of a wave) to hurl a swimmer or surfer down
(transitive) (Austral & NZ) to compact (bales of wool) by hydraulic pressure
(transitive) (computing) to record (the contents of part or all of the memory) on a storage device, such as magnetic tape, at a series of points during a computer run
a pile or accumulation of rubbish
the act of dumping
(informal) a dirty or unkempt place
(military) a place where weapons, supplies, etc, are stored
(slang, mainly US) an act of defecation
(obsolete) a mournful song; lament
early 14c., “throw down or fall with force,” perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish dumpe, Norwegian dumpa “to fall suddenly”). The sense of “unload en masse” is first recorded in American English 1784. That of “discard, abandon” is from 1919. Related: Dumped; dumping. Dump truck is from 1930.
“place where refuse is dumped,” 1865, originally of mining operations, from dump (v.). Meaning “any shabby place” is from 1899. Meaning “act of defecating” is from 1942.
The sale of goods of one nation in the markets of a second nation at less than the price charged within the first nation. Dumping can eliminate competitors by undercutting their prices.
Harsh criticism; severe derogation: A coupon is provided on page 47 for your dumping (1950s+)
core dump, take a dump
[origin uncertain; perhaps related to a Scandinavian term meaning ”to fall suddenly,” the connection being the tipping out of a load from a cart]
[duhm-ping-ground] /ˈdʌm pɪŋˌgraʊnd/ noun 1. (def 17).
- Dumping syndrome
dumping syndrome dump·ing syndrome (dŭm’pĭng) n. A condition occurring after eating in patients with shunts of the upper alimentary canal and including flushing, sweating, dizziness, weakness, and vasomotor collapse. Also called postgastrectomy syndrome.
[duhm-pish] /ˈdʌm pɪʃ/ adjective 1. depressed; sad.
- Dump job
noun phrase A derogatory attack; hatchet job: They did a dump job on her (1990s+)