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Pit vs Dump - What's the difference?

pit | dump |

As nouns the difference between pit and dump

is that pit is foot while dump is a place where waste or garbage is left; a ground or place for ashes, refuse, etc or dump can be (uk|archaic) a thick, ill-shapen piece.

As a verb dump is

to release, especially in large quantities and chaotic manner.



(wikipedia pit)

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • A hole in the ground.
  • (motor racing) An area at a motor racetrack used for refueling and repairing the vehicles during a race.
  • (music) A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments too large to march, such as the tam tam. Also, the area on the sidelines where these instruments are placed.
  • A mine.
  • (archaeology) A hole or trench in the ground, excavated according to grid coordinates, so that the provenance of any feature observed and any specimen or artifact revealed may be established by precise measurement.
  • (trading) A trading pit.
  • Something particularly unpleasant.
  • The bottom part of.
  • (colloquial) Armpit, oxter.
  • (aviation) A luggage hold.
  • (countable) A small surface hole or depression, a fossa.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits' around two microns across. Such '''pits''' are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these ' pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].}}
  • The indented mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
  • The grave, or underworld.
  • * Milton
  • Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained.
  • * Bible, Job xxxiii. 18
  • He keepeth back his soul from the pit .
  • An enclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
  • * John Locke
  • as fiercely as two gamecocks in the pit
  • Formerly, that part of a theatre, on the floor of the house, below the level of the stage and behind the orchestra; now, in England, commonly the part behind the stalls; in the United States, the parquet; also, the occupants of such a part of a theatre.
  • Part of a casino which typically holds tables for blackjack, craps, roulette, and other games.
  • Derived terms
    * armpit * money pit * pit-eye * pit stop


  • To make pits in.
  • Exposure to acid rain pitted the metal.
  • To put (a dog) into a pit for fighting.
  • To bring (something) into opposition with something else.
  • Are you ready to pit your wits against one of the world's greatest puzzles?
  • * 22 March 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games [http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hunger-games,71293/]
  • For the 75 years since a district rebellion was put down, The Games have existed as an assertion of the Capital’s power, a winner-take-all contest that touts heroism and sacrifice—participants are called “tributes”— while pitting the districts against each other.
  • (motor racing) To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . Compare (l).


    (en noun)
  • A seed inside a fruit; a stone or pip inside a fruit.
  • A shell in a drupe containing a seed.
  • Verb

  • To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe.
  • One must pit a peach to make it ready for a pie.


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    Etymology 1

    Akin to Old Norse )


    (en noun)
  • A place where waste or garbage is left; a ground or place for ashes, refuse, etc.
  • A toxic waste dump .
  • A car or boat for dumping refuse, etc.
  • That which is , especially in a chaotic way; a mess.
  • (computing) An act of , or its result.
  • The new XML dump is coming soon.
  • A storage place for supplies, especially military.
  • An unpleasant, dirty, disreputable, or unfashionable, boring or depressing looking place.
  • This place looks like a dump .
    Don't feel bad about moving away from this dump .
  • An act of defecation; a defecating.
  • I have to take a dump .
  • A dull, gloomy state of the mind; sadness; melancholy; low spirits; despondency; ill humor (usually plural ).
  • March slowly on in solemn dump . -- .
    Doleful dumps the mind oppress. --
    I was musing in the midst of my dumps . --.
  • Absence of mind; revery.
  • (John Locke)
  • (mining) A pile of ore or rock.
  • (obsolete) A melancholy strain or tune in music; any tune.
  • Tune a deploring dump .
    Play me some merry dump . --
  • (obsolete) An old kind of dance.
  • (Nares)
  • (historical, Australia) A small coin made by punching a hole in a larger coin.
  • * 2002 , Paul Swan, Maths Investigations , page 66,
  • Basically, to overcome an acute shortage of money in 1813, Governor Lachlan Macquarie bought silver dollars from Spain and then punched the centres out, thereby producing two coins - the ‘holey dollar’ (worth five shillings) and the ‘dump'’ (worth one shilling and threepence). Talk about creating money out of nothing—the original silver dollar only cost five shillings! The holey dollar and the ' dump have been adopted as the symbol for the Macquarie Bank in Australia.
    Derived terms
    * braindump * core dump * crashdump * minidump
    See also
    * (obsolete Australian coin) holey dollar


    (en verb)
  • To release, especially in large quantities and chaotic manner.
  • To discard; to get rid of something one does not want anymore.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania.
  • (computing) To copy data from a system to another place or system, usually in order to archive it.
  • (informal) To end a relationship with.
  • To knock heavily; to stump.
  • (Halliwell)
  • (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.
  • (Bartlett)
  • (US) To precipitate (especially snow) heavily.
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * dumping car, dump car * dumping cart, dump cart * dump on * dump and burn

    Etymology 2

    See dumpling.


    (en noun)
  • (UK, archaic) A thick, ill-shapen piece.
  • (UK, archaic) A lead counter used in the game of chuck-farthing.
  • (Smart)