dump truck


: an automotive truck for the transportation of bulk material that has a body which tilts to dump its contents

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another portion of the money went to resurfacing of the Civic Center parking lot, concrete street patching, the purchase of a new public works dump truck/snow plow and various repairs and renovations at the police department and the public works facilities. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 Unfortunately, his life was cut short at just 24 years old on Saturday after being struck by a dump truck. Stephen Means, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 Expenditures include $138,660 for three new police squad cars, $83,500 for a fire administrative vehicle and utility pick-up truck and $215,000 for a public works pick-up truck and large dump truck. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Your average dump truck, by contrast, uses between 11,000 and 22,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 2022 The 24-year-old was hit by a dump truck. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 9 Apr. 2022 The crash happened on northbound Route 29 in Burtonsville, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of Washington, D.C., around 6:45 p.m. Monday when a black Cadillac SRX hit the back of a white Peterbilt snowplow dump truck, Montgomery County Police said in a news release Tuesday. baltimoresun.com, 4 Jan. 2022 The dump truck remained at the scene and its occupants spoke to police, officials said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Feb. 2023 Wednesday night in the San Diego Section Open Division semifinals, the dump truck got to the finish line first as Montgomery used a smothering defense to beat Carlsbad 56-48 before a standing-room-only crowd and advance to Saturday’s title game. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dump truck was circa 1924

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“Dump truck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dump%20truck. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

dump truck

: a truck for carrying and dumping loose material
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