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borrow pit

noun, Civil Engineering.
a pit from which construction material, as sand or gravel, is taken for use as fill at another location.
Origin of borrow pit
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The borrow-pit must be carefully located—convenient of access, far enough from the track not to be a danger spot to it.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Bigmouth buffalo were rare, and were taken only in quiet parts of larger streams, and in the borrow-pit at Station 6-S.

British Dictionary definitions for borrow-pit

borrow pit

(civil engineering) an excavation dug to provide fill to make up ground elsewhere
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Contemporary definitions for borrow-pit

an excavation in which material is removed to be fill for another site; also called borrow hole , also written borrow-pit


The crew created borrow pits to make the railroad embankments.

Word Origin

from borrowing material from one place to fill in another's 21st Century Lexicon
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