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borrow pit

noun, Civil Engineering
1.
a pit from which construction material, as sand or gravel, is taken for use as fill at another location.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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Examples from the web for borrow pit
  • Projects may include road realignment, relocating a utility, constructing a material borrow pit or a new debris disposal site.
  • Excavate to dimensions and elevations established for borrow pit.
British Dictionary definitions for borrow pit

borrow pit

noun
1.
(civil engineering) an excavation dug to provide fill to make up ground elsewhere
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Contemporary definitions for borrow pit
noun

an excavation in which material is removed to be fill for another site; also called borrow hole , also written borrow-pit

Examples

The crew created borrow pits to make the railroad embankments.

Word Origin

from borrowing material from one place to fill in another

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