a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the):
to be in the dumps over money problems.
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.
(informal) a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
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
“low spirits,” 1520s, plural of dumpe “a fit of musing,” possibly from Dutch domp “haze, mist,” from Middle Dutch damp “vapor” (see damp (n.)).
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.
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]
see: down in the dumps
noun 1. . noun 1. a barge for disposing of garbage, dredged material, etc., having hoppers in the bottom through which such cargo can be dumped.
[duhmp-sahyt] /ˈdʌmpˌsaɪt/ noun 1. (def 17).
[duhmp-ster] /ˈdʌmp stər/ noun 1. a large metal bin for refuse designed to be hoisted onto a specially equipped truck for emptying or hauling away. n. 1930s, from Dempster-Dumpster trash-hauling mechanism, patented by Dempster Brothers and probably named from dump (v.) with the surname in mind.
noun 1. the practice of foraging in garbage that has been put out on the street in dumpsters, garbage cans, etc., for discarded items that may still be valuable, useful, or fixable. /ˈdʌmpstə/ noun 1. (US) the practice of searching through dustbins for discarded but still usable or valuable objects such as food or clothes […]