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 for core dump
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Core \Core\, n. [OF. cor, coer, cuer, F. c[oe]ur, fr. L. cor
     heart. See Heart.]
     1. The heart or inner part of a thing, as of a column, wall,
        rope, of a boil, etc.; especially, the central part of
        fruit, containing the kernels or seeds; as, the core of an
        apple or quince.
        [1913 Webster]
              A fever at the core,
              Fatal to him who bears, to all who ever bore.
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     2. The center or inner part, as of an open space; as, the
        core of a square. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh.
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     3. The most important part of a thing; the essence; as, the
        core of a subject; -- also used attributively, as the core
        curriculum at a college.
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     4. (Founding) The portion of a mold which shapes the interior
        of a cylinder, tube, or other hollow casting, or which
        makes a hole in or through a casting; a part of the mold,
        made separate from and inserted in it, for shaping some
        part of the casting, the form of which is not determined
        by that of the pattern.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. A disorder of sheep occasioned by worms in the liver.
        [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     6. (Anat.) The bony process which forms the central axis of
        the horns in many animals.
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     7. (Elec.) A mass of iron or other ferrous metal, forming the
        central part of an electromagnet, such as those upon which
        the conductor of an armature, a transformer, or an
        induction coil is wound.
     Note: The presence of the iron intensifies the magnetic field
           created by a a current passing through the windings.
           [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
     8. (mining) a sample of earth or rock extracted from
        underground by a drilling device in such a manner that the
        layers of rock are preserved in the same order as they
        exist underground; as, to drill a core; to extract a core.
        The sample is typically removed with a rotating drill bit
        having a hollow center, and is thus shaped like a
     9. (Computers) The main working memory of a digital computer
        system, which typically retains the program code being
        executed as well as the data structures that are
        manipulated by the program. Contrasted to ROM and data
        storage device.
     Note: The term was applied originally to the main memory,
           consisting of small ferromagnetic rings, that were used
           to store data in older computers, where each ring
           representing one bit of information by virtue of its
           state of magnetization. They were superseded by
           electronic data storage devices.
     Syn: core memory, random access memory, RAM
     10. (Geol.) the central part of the earth, believed to be a
         sphere with a radius of about 2100 miles, and composed
         primarily of molten iron with some nickel. It is
         distinguished from the crust and mantle.
     11. (Engineering) the central part of a nuclear reactor,
         containing the fissionable fuel.
     Core box (Founding), a box or mold, usually divisible, in
        which cores are molded.
     Core print (Founding), a projecting piece on a pattern
        which forms, in the mold, an impression for holding in
        place or steadying a core.
     Core dump See core dump in the vocabulary.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  core dump \core" dump`\ (k[^o]r"d[u^]mp`), n.
     1. (Computers) An complete and exact copy of the contents of
        a computer core[9], usually produced as a file when some
        serious error occurs in the execution of a computer
        program, and used for debugging the program which produced
        the error.
     2. Hence: A full account of a person's knowledge on some
        specific topic, usually produced in response to a question
        of some kind. It is a mildly deprecatory term, suggesting
        that the person producing the account was unable to
        prepare a more concise and understandable summary of the
        information; as, I just need the essentials, not a core

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  core dump
      n 1: (computer science) dump of the contents of the chief
           registers in the CPU; usually used for debugging

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  core dump
      [common Iron Age jargon, preserved by Unix]
      1. [techspeak] A copy of the contents of core, produced when a process is
      aborted by certain kinds of internal error.
      2. By extension, used for humans passing out, vomiting, or registering
      extreme shock. ?He dumped core. All over the floor. What a mess.? ?He heard
      about X and dumped core.?
      3. Occasionally used for a human rambling on pointlessly at great length;
      esp. in apology: ?Sorry, I dumped core on you?.
      4. A recapitulation of knowledge (compare bits, sense 1). Hence, spewing
      all one knows about a topic (syn. brain dump), esp. in a lecture or
      answer to an exam question. ?Short, concise answers are better than core
      dumps? (from the instructions to an exam at Columbia). See core.
      A core dump lands our hero in hot water.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  core dump
      Common Iron Age
     jargon, preserved by Unix for a memory dump.
     The term is also used for a complete account of a human's
     knowledge on some subject (also brain dump), especially in a
     lecture or answer to an exam question.
     [{Jargon File]

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