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Waste meaning

waste - 26 dictionary results

  1. 1. get rid of ( someone who may be a threat) by killing; " The mafia liquidated the informer"; " the double agent was neutralized"
  2. 2. get rid of; " We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
  3. 3. make a mess of, destroy or ruin; " I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; " the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
  4. 4. Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.
  5. 5. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
  6. 6. Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper.
  7. 7. Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous.
  8. 8. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
  9. 9. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
  10. 10. To spend unnecessarily or carelessly; to employ prodigally; to expend without valuable result; to apply to useless purposes; to lavish vainly; to squander; to cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or injury.
  11. 11. To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.
  12. 12. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less.
  13. 13. The act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or expenditure; devastation; loss without equivalent gain; gradual loss or decrease, by use, wear, or decay; as, a waste of property, time, labor, words, etc.
  14. 14. That which is wasted or desolate; a devastated, uncultivated, or wild country; a deserted region; an unoccupied or unemployed space; a dreary void; a desert; a wilderness.
  15. 15. That which is of no value; worthless remnants; refuse. Specifically: Remnants of cops, or other refuse resulting from the working of cotton, wool, hemp, and the like, used for wiping machinery, absorbing oil in the axle boxes of railway cars, etc.
  16. 16. Spoil, destruction, or injury, done to houses, woods, fences, lands, etc., by a tenant for life or for years, to the prejudice of the heir, or of him in reversion or remainder.
  17. 17. Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse.
  18. 18. To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; - said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.
  19. 19. To lay in ruins; to destroy; to wear away gradually; to spend or use recklessly.
  20. 20. To lose bulk value, or strength.
  21. 21. Lying unused; desolate; dreary; desert; unproductive; worthless.
  22. 22. The act of spending carelessly; that which is unused; the state of being unused, squandered, etc.; something thrown aside in a manufacturing process; as, cotton waste; refuse; a desert.
  23. 23. Act of wasting; anything wasted; loss; diminution; uncultivated land; desert; refuse.
  24. 24. Desert; desolate; unproductive; unused; valueless.
  25. 25. To be diminished.
  26. 26. To lay waste; desolate; destory; wear away; squauder; impair.

waste - examples of usage

  1. They could therefore waste a large amount of time, and thus he lost twice what he saved. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. Why should he go and waste money in a country where he didn't know a human being? - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. " Man," he continued, " what an awful waste of money!" - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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