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Definition of dumping

1 : the act of one that dumps especially : the selling of goods in quantity at below market price
2 : the practice of refusing emergency medical care to poor or uninsured patients or of referring them to another hospital without that hospital's consent

called also patient dumping

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Examples of dumping in a Sentence

laws that prohibit the dumping of toxic materials the dumping of last year's fashions by the garment manufacturers
Recent Examples on the Web The hospital once used the area as a dumping ground, and to the side of the trail in the brambles is a scattering of ancient sinks, bottles and, yes, a few bedpans, though these bikers have been hauling them out. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "A 17-Mile Hike to Unite San Francisco," 18 Nov. 2019 Once a dumping ground for Ford factory paints and other refuse, Area C was covered by excess materials from an Army Corps of Engineers dam project, and then further covered by excess concrete from a city public works project. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "What’s next for the St. Paul Ford site development? Here’s an update.," 14 Nov. 2019 But the neighborhood, which lies in between Orlando City’s Exploria Stadium and Camping World Stadium and behind State Road 408, can become a dumping ground for the thousands of people who pass through it, volunteers said. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Volunteers gather to clean up Parramore to put ‘unity back in community’," 26 Oct. 2019 The property currently belongs to Dallas Water Utilities and was most recently used as a dumping site for June storm debris. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas tosses proposed housing-for-homeless sites after pushback from Lake Highlands," 17 Aug. 2019 The long stretch of coast had essentially turned into a dumping site until volunteers banded together to clean it up. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Mumbai’s plastic ban carries costly fines and jail sentences for offenders," 26 June 2018 Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey has said Grate allegedly admitted to killing the unidentified victim more than a decade ago, abandoning her remains at a remote dumping site. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Ex of Suspected Serial Killer Shawn Grate Recounts Harrowing Moment: I'd 'Never Felt Fear Like That Before'," 24 May 2018 Tiangong-1 itself was probably supposed to have been guided into the remote southern Pacific Ocean, the dumping site of choice for superannuated space hardware, in 2013. The Economist, "An out-of-control Chinese space station will soon fall to Earth," 15 Mar. 2018 Their targets included nuclear waste dumping off the coast of Spain, large-scale Canadian hunts for seal pups and toxic waste disposal off New Jersey. New York Times, "Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace Activist and Leader, Dies at 63," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dumping

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dumping was in 1857

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dumping.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumping. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dumping

: the act of getting rid of waste or garbage especially in an illegal way

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