[ duhmp ]
/ dʌmp /
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!
- to knock down: The champion was dumped twice but won the fight.
- to lose (a match) intentionally: a bribe to dump a fight.
- to put (goods or securities) on the market in large quantities and at a low price without regard to the effect on market conditions.
- to sell (goods) into foreign markets below cost in order to promote exports or damage foreign competition.
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 offer goods for sale in large quantities at a low price.
- to dump below-cost goods into foreign markets.
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.
- a collection of ammunition, stores, etc., deposited at some point, as near a battlefront, for distribution.
- the ammunition, stores, etc., so deposited.
the act of dumping.
- a runway or embankment equipped with tripping devices, from which low-grade ore, rock, etc., are dumped.
- the pile of ore so dumped.
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.
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- to attack with verbal abuse; criticize harshly: Reporters never tired of dumping on certain public figures.
- to unload one's problems onto (another person): You never phone me without dumping on me.
dump on (someone), Informal.
Origin of dump
1250–1300; Middle English (in sense “to fall suddenly”) < Old Norse dumpa strike, bump; modern senses as transitive v. and noun (not known before 19th cent.) perhaps < another source, or independent expressive formation
Related formsdump·er, nounun·dumped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dump on (1 of 3)
(intr, preposition) informal, mainly US to abuse or criticize
British Dictionary definitions for dump on (2 of 3)
/ (dʌmp) /
to drop, fall, or let fall heavily or in a mass
(tr) to empty (objects or material) out of a container
to unload, empty, or make empty (a container), as by tilting or overturning
(tr) informal to dispose of
(tr) to dispose of (waste, esp radioactive nuclear waste) in the sea or on land
- to market (goods) in bulk and at low prices
- to offer for sale large quantities of (goods) on foreign markets at low prices in order to maintain a high price in the home market and obtain a share of the foreign markets
(tr) to store (supplies, arms, etc) temporarily
(intr) slang, mainly US to defecate
(tr) surfing (of a wave) to hurl a swimmer or surfer down
(tr) Australian and NZ to compact (bales of wool) by hydraulic pressure
(tr) 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 place or area where waste materials are dumped
- (in combination)rubbish dump
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
See also dump on
Derived Formsdumper, noun
Word Origin for dump
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dumpa to fall suddenly, Middle Low German dumpeln to duck
British Dictionary definitions for dump on (3 of 3)
/ (dʌmp) /
obsolete a mournful song; lament
Word Origin for dump
C16: see damp
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