borrow pit


noun Civil Engineering.

a pit from which construction material, as sand or gravel, is taken for use as fill at another location.

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Origin of borrow pit

First recorded in 1890–95
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Example sentences from the Web for borrow pit

  • 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

noun

civil engineering an excavation dug to provide fill to make up ground elsewhere
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