borrow pit


noun Civil Engineering.

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

Nearby words

  1. borreliosis,
  2. borromini,
  3. borromini, francesco,
  4. borrovian,
  5. borrow,
  6. borrow trouble,
  7. borrowed time,
  8. borrower,
  9. borrower's card,
  10. borrowing

Origin of borrow pit

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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


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