Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To release or throw down in a large mass.
  • transitive v. To empty (material) out of a container or vehicle: dumped the load of stones.
  • transitive v. To empty out (a container or vehicle), as by overturning or tilting.
  • transitive v. To get rid of; discard: a fine for dumping trash on public land; dumped the extra gear overboard.
  • transitive v. Informal To discard or reject unceremoniously: dump an old friend.
  • transitive v. To place (goods or stock, for example) on the market in large quantities and at a low price.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To transfer (data stored internally in a computer) from one place to another, as from a memory to a printout, without processing.
  • transitive v. Slang To knock down; beat.
  • intransitive v. To fall or drop abruptly.
  • intransitive v. To discharge cargo or contents; unload.
  • intransitive v. Slang To criticize another severely: was always dumping on me.
  • n. A place where refuse is dumped: a garbage dump; a nuclear waste dump.
  • n. A storage place for goods or supplies; a depot: an ammunition dump.
  • n. An unordered accumulation; a pile.
  • n. Computer Science An instance or the result of dumping stored data.
  • n. Slang A poorly maintained or disreputable place.
  • n. Vulgar Slang An act of defecating. Often used with take.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where waste or garbage is left; a ground or place for dumping ashes, refuse, etc.
  • n. A car or boat for dumping refuse, etc.
  • n. That which is dumped, especially in a chaotic way; a mess.
  • n. An act of dumping, or its result.
  • n. A storage place for supplies, especially military.
  • n. An unpleasant, dirty, disreputable, or unfashionable, boring or depressing looking place.
  • n. An act of defecation; a defecating.
  • n. A dull, gloomy state of the mind; sadness; melancholy; low spirits; despondency; ill humor (usually plural).
  • n. Absence of mind; revery.
  • n. A pile of ore or rock.
  • n. A melancholy strain or tune in music; any tune.
  • n. An old kind of dance.
  • n. (Australia) A small coin made by punching a hole in a larger coin.
  • v. To release, especially in large quantities and chaotic manner.
  • v. To discard; to get rid of something one does not want anymore.
  • v. (computing) To copy data from a system to another place or system, usually in order to archive it.
  • v. (informal) To end a relationship with.
  • v. To knock heavily; to stump.
  • v. (US) To put or throw down with more or less of violence; hence, to unload from a cart by tilting it; as, to dump sand, coal, etc.
  • v. (US) To precipitate (especially snow) heavily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thick, ill-shapen piece; a clumsy leaden counter used by boys in playing chuck farthing.
  • n. A dull, gloomy state of the mind; sadness; melancholy; low spirits or a mild depression; despondency; ill humor; -- now used only in the plural.
  • n. Absence of mind; revery.
  • n. A melancholy strain or tune in music; any tune.
  • n. An old kind of dance.
  • transitive v. To knock heavily; to stump.
  • transitive v. To put or throw down with more or less of violence; hence, to unload from a cart by tilting it
  • n. A car or boat for dumping refuse, etc.
  • n. A ground or place for dumping ashes, refuse, etc.
  • n. That which is dumped.
  • n. A pile of ore or rock.
  • n. a coarse term for defecation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dull, gloomy state of the mind; sadness; melancholy; sorrow; heaviness of heart: as, to be in the dumps.
  • n. Meditation; reverie.
  • n. plural Twilight.
  • n. A slow dance with a peculiar rhythm.
  • n. Music for such a dance.
  • n. Any tune.
  • To throw down violently; plunge; tumble.
  • To put or throw down, as a mass or load of anything; unload; especially, to throw down or cause to fall out by tilting up a cart: as, to dump a stickful of type (said by printers); to dump bricks, or a load of brick.
  • To plunge into.
  • To knock heavily.
  • To fall or plunge down suddenly.
  • To unload a cart by tilting it up; dispose of a refuse load by throwing it out at a certain place: as, you must not dump there.
  • In printing, to remove type from the stick and place it on the galley: as, where shall I dump?
  • n. The sound of a heavy object falling; a thud.
  • n. Anything short, thick, and heavy.
  • n. Hence A clumsy medal of lead formerly made by casting in moist sand; specifically, a leaden counter used by boys at chuckfarthing and similar games.
  • n. A small coin of Australia.
  • n. plural Money; “chink.”
  • n. A place for the discharge of loads from carts, trucks, etc., by dumping; a place of deposit for offal, rubbish, or any coarse material.
  • n. The pile of matter so deposited; specifically, the pile of refuse rock around the mouth of a shaft or adit-level.
  • n. A nail. See the extract.
  • n. A deep hole filled with water.
  • To press closely; subject to severe pressure, as bales of wool. [Australia.]

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a place where supplies can be stored
  • v. fall abruptly
  • n. a piece of land where waste materials are dumped
  • v. sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly
  • n. a coarse term for defecation
  • n. (computer science) a copy of the contents of a computer storage device; sometimes used in debugging programs
  • v. throw away as refuse
  • v. knock down with force
  • v. sell at artificially low prices
  • v. drop (stuff) in a heap or mass

Etymologies

Middle English dumpen, dompen, to fall suddenly, drop, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to Old Norse dumpa ("to thump") ( > Danish dumpe ("to fall suddenly")) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • In the early days of the colony (New South Wales, Australia), there was no mint. Governor Macquarie imported Spanish coins and 'converted' them by punching a hole in the middle of each one. The coins thus made were known as holey dollars. The centre portions, also used as currency, were known as dumps.

    September 26, 2013

  • Short for dump truck.

    March 10, 2008

  • In a hospital, a dump describes when one service, exasperated with a patient and/or unable to think how to help them best, unceremoniously transfers care to another service to be rid of the problem.

    "Did you see that patient with the chest pain?"

    "Yes! It was a total dump. His labs are normal and the EKG is fine; they just didn't want to tell him it's all in his head."

    January 26, 2008

  • In bookselling, also called "dump bin," a cardboard book stand provided by a publisher to display and promote a major title or series.

    October 23, 2007

  • "In the Great War, a place for piling up supplies, as of shells or other ammunition, for distribution; also, the supplies themselves when so deposited."

    December 14, 2006