1. In a system handling large numbers of users' files stored on magnetic
disks, one of the periodic records of the state of the disks that are made on
magnetic tape in order 10 protect against accidental overwriting or mechanical
failure of the disks.
2. A printed version of the contents of system memory taken when a system crash
has occurred. In principle it is possible to determine the immediate cause of a
system crash by studying the dump and determining the reason for any
inconsistencies in its contents. In practice this may be difficult even with the
assistance of dump analysis software.
3. To take a dump (defs. 1 or 2).