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

  • A trademark used for containers designed for receiving, transporting, and dumping waste materials. This trademark often occurs in print in lowercase: "[The street is] lined with low-cost apartment buildings and strewn with blue dumpsters” ( Chicago Tribune).

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  • n. a container designed to receive and transport and dump waste


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  • Sacramento has just passed a law banning what we call Dumpster diving -- getting into other people's trash cans.

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  • -- Christina, Austin, TexasThe term Dumpster diving derives from the early days of "phone phreaking," where outlaw geeks went through telephone companies 'garbage to get information about their systems.

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  • Beside the Dumpster was a brown metal cube with a gray finger of smoke curling up from it.


  • DAY 3: I watched a freegan "trash tour" (also known as Dumpster diving).

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  • Parked on the other side of the Dumpster was a dark-colored van.

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  • [..] "While they have been lovingly referred to as Dumpster pools, don't let the name fool you," said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city's transportation commissioner.


  • For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, his name is Charlie, otherwise know as the Dumpster Dog. - Home Page

  • It was about 2: 30 in the afternoon and I was taking my trash to the Dumpster when within three cars lengths from me in the vacant field next to the Dumpster was the coyote.

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  • Stuhr said recycling the cardboard also helps the business, because its Dumpster, which is already emptied twice a week, would fill up much quicker.


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