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dump

1
1. a place or area where waste materials are dumped
2. Slang chiefly US an act of defecation

dump

2
Obsolete a mournful song; lament
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dump

[dəmp]
(computer science)
To copy the contents of all or part of a storage, usually from an internal storage device into an external storage device.
(electronics)
To withdraw all power from a system or component accidentally or intentionally.
(ordnance)
A temporary storage area, usually in the open, for bombs, ammunition, equipment, or supplies.
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dump

i. A storage area for weapons, as in a bomb dump.
ii. To jettison a part of an aircraft's fuel for either operational or safety considerations.
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dump

(operating system)
1. An undigested and voluminous mass of information about a problem or the state of a system, especially one routed to the slowest available output device (compare core dump), and most especially one consisting of hexadecimal or octal runes describing the byte-by-byte state of memory, mass storage, or some file. In elder days, debugging was generally done by "groveling over" a dump (see grovel); increasing use of high-level languages and interactive debuggers has made such tedium uncommon, and the term "dump" now has a faintly archaic flavour.

2. A backup. This usage is typical only at large time-sharing installations.

Unix manual page: dump(1).
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dump

To print the contents of memory, disk or tape without any report formatting. See memory dump.
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