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Waste definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

WASTE, v.t. [G., L.]
1. To diminish by gradual dissipation or loss. Thus disease wastes the patient; sorrows waste the strength and spirits.
2. To cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or by injury. Thus cattle waste their fodder when fed in the open field.
3. To expend without necessity or use; to destroy wantonly or luxuriously; to squander; to cause to be lost through wantonness or negligence. Careless people waste their fuel, their food or their property. Children waster their inheritance.
And wasted his substance with riotous living. Luke 15.
4. To destroy in enmity; to desolate; as, to waste an enemys country.
5. To suffer to be lost unnecessarily; or to throw away; as, to waste the blood and treasure of a nation.
6. To destroy by violence.
The Tyber insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds.
7. To impair strength gradually.
Now wasting years my former strength confounds.
8. To lose in idleness or misery; to wear out.
Here condemnd to waste eternal days in woe and pain.
9. To spend; to consume.
O were I able to waste it all myself, and leave you none.
10. In law, to damage, impair or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc. To go to decay. See the Noun.
11. To exhaust; to be consumed by time or mortality.
Till your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. Numbers 14.
12. To scatter and lose for want of use or of occupiers.
Full many a flowr is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.
WASTE, v.i.
1. To dwindle; to be diminished; to lose bulk or substance gradually; as, the body wastes in sickness.
The barrel of meal shall not waste. 1 Kings 17.
2. To be diminished or lost by slow dissipation, consumption or evaporation; as, water wastes by evaporation; fuel wastes in combustion.
3. To be consumed by time or mortality.
Gut man dieth, and wasteth away. Job 14.
1. Destroyed; ruined.
The Sophi leaves all waste in his retreat.
2. Desolate; uncultivated; as a waste country; a waste howling wilderness. Deutoronomy 32.
3. Destitute; stripped; as lands laid waste.
4. Superfluous; lost for want of occupiers.
--And strangled with her waste fertility.
5. Worthless; that which is rejected, or used only for mean purposes; as waste wood.
6. That of which no account is taken, or of which no value is found; as waste paper.
7. Uncultivated; untilled; unproductive.
There is yet much waste land in England.
Laid waste, desolated; ruined.
1. The act of squandering; the dissipation of property through wantonness, ambition, extravagance, luxury or negligence.
For all this waste of wealth, and loss of blood.
2. Consumption; loss; useless expense; any loss or destruction which is neither necessary nor promotive of a good end; a loss for which there is no equivalent; as a waste of goods or money; a waste of time; a waste of labor; a waste of words.
Little wastes in great establishments, constantly occurring, may defeat the energies of a mighty capital.
3. A desolate or uncultivated country. The plains of Arabia are mostly a wide waste.
4. Land untilled, though capable of tillage; as the wastes in England.
5. Ground, space or place unoccupied; as the etherial waste.
In the dead waste and middle of the night.
6. Region ruined and deserted.
All the leafy nation sinks at last, and Vulcan rides in triumph oer the waste.
7. Mischief; destruction.
He will never, I think, in the way of waste, attempt us again.
8. In law, 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. Waste is voluntary, as by pulling down buildings; or permissive, as by suffering them to fall for want of necessary repairs. Whatever does a lasting damage to the freehold, is a waste.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places" [syn: godforsaken, waste, wild] n
1: any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers" [syn: waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product]
2: useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources" [syn: waste, wastefulness, dissipation]
3: the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities" [syn: thriftlessness, waste, wastefulness]
4: an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert" [syn: barren, waste, wasteland]
5: (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect [syn: waste, permissive waste] v
1: spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: waste, blow, squander] [ant: conserve, economise, economize, husband]
2: use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
3: get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
4: run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean" [syn: waste, run off]
5: get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized" [syn: neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock off, do in]
6: spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not" [syn: consume, squander, waste, ware]
7: lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away" [syn: pine away, waste, languish]
8: cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him" [syn: waste, emaciate, macerate]
9: cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge]
10: become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world" [syn: waste, rot]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English waste, wast; in sense 1, from Anglo-French wast, from wast, gast, guast, adjective, desolate, waste, from Latin vastus; in other senses, from Middle English wasten to waste more at vast Date: 13th century 1. a. a sparsely settled or barren region ; desert b. uncultivated land c. a broad and empty expanse (as of water) 2. the act or an instance of wasting ; the state of being wasted 3. a. loss through breaking down of bodily tissue b. gradual loss or decrease by use, wear, or decay 4. a. damaged, defective, or superfluous material produced by a manufacturing process: as (1) material rejected during a textile manufacturing process and used usually for wiping away dirt and oil <cotton waste> (2) scrap (3) an unwanted by-product of a manufacturing process, chemical laboratory, or nuclear reactor <toxic waste> <hazardous waste> <nuclear waste> b. refuse from places of human or animal habitation: as (1) garbage, rubbish (2) excrement often used in plural (3) sewage c. material derived by mechanical and chemical weathering of the land and moved down sloping surfaces or carried by streams to the sea II. verb (wasted; wasting) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French waster, gaster, from Latin vastare, from vastus desolate, waste Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to lay waste; especially to damage or destroy gradually and progressively <reclaiming land wasted by strip-mining> 2. to cause to shrink in physical bulk or strength ; emaciate, enfeeble <a body wasted by disease> 3. to wear away or diminish gradually ; consume 4. a. to spend or use carelessly ; squander <waste valuable resources> b. to allow to be used inefficiently or become dissipated <a writer wasting her talent> 5. kill; also to injure severely intransitive verb 1. to lose weight, strength, or vitality often used with away <was wasting away from illness> 2. a. to become diminished in bulk or substance b. to become consumed 3. to spend money or consume property extravagantly or improvidently Synonyms: see ravage III. adjective Etymology: Middle English waste, wast, from Anglo-French wast Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) being wild and uninhabited ; desolate (2) arid, empty b. not cultivated ; not productive 2. being in a ruined or devastated condition 3. [waste (I)] a. discarded as worthless, defective, or of no use ; refuse <waste material> b. excreted from or stored in inert form in a living body as a byproduct of vital activity <waste products> 4. [waste (I)] serving to conduct or hold refuse material <a waste barrel>; specifically carrying off superfluous water <a waste drain> 5. wasted 4

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v., adj., & n. --v. 1 tr. use to no purpose or for inadequate result or extravagantly (waste time). 2 tr. fail to use (esp. an opportunity). 3 tr. (often foll. by on) give (advice etc.), utter (words etc.), without effect. 4 tr. & intr. wear gradually away; make or become weak; wither. 5 tr. ravage, devastate. 6 tr. treat as wasted or valueless. 7 intr. be expended without useful effect. --adj. 1 superfluous; no longer serving a purpose. 2 (of a district etc.) not inhabited or cultivated; desolate (waste ground). 3 presenting no features of interest. --n. 1 the act or an instance of wasting; extravagant or ineffectual use of an asset, of time, etc. 2 waste material or food; refuse; useless remains or by-products. 3 a waste region; a desert etc. 4 the state of being used up; diminution by wear and tear. 5 Law damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, esp. by a life-tenant. 6 = waste pipe. Phrases and idioms: go (or run) to waste be wasted. lay waste ravage, devastate. waste-basket esp. US = waste-paper basket. waste one's breath see BREATH. waste not, want not extravagance leads to poverty. waste paper spoiled or valueless paper. waste-paper basket esp. Brit. a receptacle for waste paper. waste pipe a pipe to carry off waste material, e.g. from a sink. waste products useless by-products of manufacture or of an organism or organisms. waste words see WORD. Derivatives: wastable adj. wasteless adj. Etymology: ME f. ONF wast(e), var. of OF g(u)ast(e), f. L vastus

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Waste Waste, a. [OE. wast, OF. wast, from L. vastus, influenced by the kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosti, G. w["u]st, OS. w?sti, D. woest, AS. w[=e]ste. Cf. Vast.] 1. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless. The dismal situation waste and wild. --Milton. His heart became appalled as he gazed forward into the waste darkness of futurity. --Sir W. Scott. 2. Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper. But his waste words returned to him in vain. --Spenser. Not a waste or needless sound, Till we come to holier ground. --Milton. Ill day which made this beauty waste. --Emerson. 3. Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous. And strangled with her waste fertility. --Milton. Waste gate, a gate by which the superfluous water of a reservoir, or the like, is discharged. Waste paper. See under Paper. Waste pipe, a pipe for carrying off waste, or superfluous, water or other fluids. Specifically: (a) (Steam Boilers) An escape pipe. See under Escape. (b) (Plumbing) The outlet pipe at the bottom of a bowl, tub, sink, or the like. Waste steam. (a) Steam which escapes the air. (b) Exhaust steam. Waste trap, a trap for a waste pipe, as of a sink.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Waste Waste, n. [OE. waste; cf. the kindred AS. w?sten, OHG. w?st[=i], wuost[=i], G. w["u]ste. See Waste, a. & v.] 1. 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. ``Waste . . . of catel and of time.'' --Chaucer. For all this waste of wealth loss of blood. --Milton. He will never . . . in the way of waste, attempt us again. --Shak. Little wastes in great establishments, constantly occurring, may defeat the energies of a mighty capital. --L. Beecher. 2. 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. ``The wastes of Nature.'' --Emerson. All the leafy nation sinks at last, And Vulcan rides in triumph o'er the waste. --Dryden. The gloomy waste of waters which bears his name is his tomb and his monument. --Bancroft. 3. 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. 4. (Law) 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. Note: Waste is voluntary, as by pulling down buildings; or permissive, as by suffering them to fall for want of necessary repairs. Whatever does a lasting damage to the freehold is a waste. --Blackstone. 5. (Mining) Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse. Syn: Prodigality; diminution; loss; dissipation; destruction; devastation; havoc; desolation; ravage.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Waste Waste, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wasting.] [OE. wasten, OF. waster, guaster, gaster, F. g[^a]ter to spoil, L. vastare to devastate, to lay waste, fr. vastus waste, desert, uncultivated, ravaged, vast, but influenced by a kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosten, G. w["u]sten, AS. w[=e]stan. See Waste, a.] 1. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy. Thou barren ground, whom winter's wrath hath wasted, Art made a mirror to behold my plight. --Spenser. The Tiber Insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds. --Dryden. 2. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out. Until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. --Num. xiv. 33. O, were I able To waste it all myself, and leave ye none! --Milton. Here condemned To waste eternal days in woe and pain. --Milton. Wasted by such a course of life, the infirmities of age daily grew on him. --Robertson. 3. 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. The younger son gathered all together, and . . . wasted his substance with riotous living. --Luke xv. 13. Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. --Gray. 4. (Law) To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay. Syn: To squander; dissipate; lavish; desolate.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Waste Waste, v. i. 1. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less. The time wasteth night and day. --Chaucer. The barrel of meal shall not waste. --1 Kings xvii. 14. But man dieth, and wasteth away. --Job xiv. 10. 2. (Sporting) To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; -- said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Waste Waste, n. (Phys. Geog.) Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(wastes, wasting, wasted) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you waste something such as time, money, or energy, you use too much of it doing something that is not important or necessary, or is unlikely to succeed. There could be many reasons and he was not going to waste time speculating on them... I resolved not to waste money on a hotel... The system wastes a large amount of water. VERB: V n -ing, V n on n, V n Waste is also a noun. It is a waste of time going to the doctor with most mild complaints... I think that is a total waste of money. N-SING: a N of n 2. Waste is the use of money or other resources on things that do not need it. The packets are measured to reduce waste... I hate waste. 3. Waste is material which has been used and is no longer wanted, for example because the valuable or useful part of it has been taken out. Congress passed a law that regulates the disposal of waste... Up to 10 million tonnes of toxic wastes are produced every year in the UK. ...the process of eliminating body waste. N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl 4. If you waste an opportunity for something, you do not take advantage of it when it is available. Let's not waste an opportunity to see the children... It was a wasted opportunity. VERB: V n, V-ed 5. Waste land is land, especially in or near a city, which is not used or looked after by anyone, and so is covered by wild plants and rubbish. Yarrow can be found growing wild in fields and on waste ground. ADJ: usu ADJ n 6. Wastes are a large area of land, for example a desert, in which there are very few people, plants, or animals. ...the barren wastes of the Sahara. N-PLURAL: adj N, N of n 7. see also wasted 8. If something goes to waste, it remains unused or has to be thrown away. Mexican cookery is economical, she says. Nothing goes to waste. PHRASE: V inflects 9. to waste no time: see time

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Decrease, diminish, wear, corrode, use up, prey upon, wear away, consume, wear out, impair gradually, diminish by constant loss. 2. Consume (foolishly), spend, expend, squander, dissipate, lose, misspend, misuse, fool away, fritter away, muddle away, use prodigally. 3. Spend in vain, expend uselessly, lavish, squander, dissipate. 4. Destroy, desolate, ravage, pillage, plunder, strip, ruin, spoil, devastate, sack, devour. 5. (Law.) Damage, impair, injure. II. v. n. 1. Dwindle, wither, pine, perish, decay, be diminished, waste away. 2. Swale, melt (as a candle), sweal, consume. III. a. 1. Destroyed, ruined, ravaged, spoiled, devastated, desolated, stripped, bare. 2. Dreary, dismal, forlorn. 3. Wild, uncultivated, bare, untilled, unoccupied, unimproved. 4. Worthless, refuse, valueless, useless. 5. Superfluous, exuberant. IV. n. 1. Consumption, loss, diminution, decrement, expenditure, wasting, dissipation, wear and tear. 2. Squandering, prodigality, wanton destruction, loss. 3. Devastation, ravage, ruin, rapine, destruction, desolation, pillage, havoc. 4. Refuse, worthless matter, rubbish. 5. Wild, wilderness, desert, solitude, lonely place, deserted region. 6. Dreary void, expanse.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

House of waste; a tavern or alehouse, where idle people waste both their time and money.

Moby Thesaurus

Arabia Deserta, Death Valley, Sahara, abate, ablate, ablation, absorption, acarpous, afterglow, afterimage, arid, assimilation, atrophy, attenuate, attrition, back, back of beyond, back-country, backwood, backwoods, backwoodsy, balance, barren, barren land, barrens, bate, be consumed, be eaten away, be gone, be used up, blast, bloodbath, blot out, blow, blue ruin, blunder away, bones, breakup, bring to ruin, brush, bump off, burning up, bush, butt, butt end, candle ends, carnage, carpe diem, cast away, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, celibate, chaff, childless, condemn, confound, conspicuous consumption, consume, consume away, consumption, corrode, corrosion, croak, crumble, culm, damn, damnation, deadwood, deal destruction, debris, decimate, decimation, decline, decrease, decrement, dejecta, dejection, dejecture, deliquesce, deliquescence, dematerialize, depart, deplete, depletion, depreciate, depreciation, depredate, depredation, desecrate, desert, desolate, desolation, despoil, despoilment, despoliation, destroy, destruction, detritus, devastate, devastation, devour, die, die away, die out, digestion, diminish, disappear, discharge, dishwater, disintegration, disorganization, dispel, disperse, disruption, dissipate, dissipation, dissolution, dissolve, dive, do a fade-out, do in, draff, drain, drained, dregs, dribble away, dried-up, drivel, droop, drop, drop off, dry, dry up, dust, dust bowl, dwindle, eating up, ebb, effluent, egesta, ejecta, ejectamenta, ejection, emacerate, emaciate, emaciation, end, engorge, erase, erode, erosion, evanesce, evaporate, evaporation, excrement, excreta, excretes, exhaust, exhausted, exhaustion, exit, expend, expending, expenditure, extravagance, extravagancy, extravasate, extravasation, exudate, exudation, fade, fade away, fade out, fag end, fail, fall, fall away, fall off, fallow, filings, finishing, fix, flag, flee, fly, fool away, fossil, fritter, frivol, fruitless, garbage, gash, gaunt, gelded, get, give out, give the business, go, go away, gobble, gobble up, gun down, gut, gut with fire, havoc, heath, hecatomb, hide, hinterland, hit, hogwash, holdover, holocaust, howling wilderness, husks, ice, impotent, impoverishment, incinerate, incontinence, ineffectual, infecund, infertile, ingestion, intemperance, issueless, jejune, jungle, junk, karroo, kelter, languish, lavishness, lay in ruins, lay out, lay waste, leached, leakage, leaking purse, leave no trace, leave the scene, leavings, lees, leftovers, lessen, let up, litter, loose purse strings, lose, lose strength, loss, lunar landscape, lunar waste, macerate, marcescence, melt, melt away, menopausal, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, odds and ends, off, offal, offscourings, orts, outback, overdoing, overgenerosity, overgenerousness, overliberality, parch, parings, pass, pass away, pass out, peak, perdition, perish, peter out, pillage, pine, pine away, plummet, plunge, polish off, potsherds, pound-foolishness, preshrink, prodigality, profligacy, profuseness, profusion, rags, raspings, ravage, reckless expenditure, reckless spending, refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, rest, retire from sight, roach, rub out, rubbish, rubble, ruin, ruinate, ruination, ruins, rummage, rump, run down, run dry, run low, run out, run to seed, run to waste, sack, sag, salt flat, sawdust, scourings, scrap iron, scraps, scum, sear, settle, shadow, shambles, shards, shavings, shipwreck, shrink, shrinkage, shrivel, sine prole, sink, slack, slag, slaughter, slop, slops, spend, spending, spill, spoliate, spoliation, squander, squandering, squandermania, sterile, straw, stubble, stump, subside, sucked dry, suffer an eclipse, survival, swallow up, sweepings, swill, sylvan, tail off, take care of, tares, teemless, thin, throw into disorder, trace, transudate, transudation, trash, uncultivated, undoing, unfertile, unfruitful, unleash destruction, unleash the hurricane, unplowed, unproductive, unprolific, unsown, untilled, up-country, upheave, use up, using, using up, vandalism, vandalize, vanish, vanish from sight, vaporize, vestige, virgin, wane, wastage, waste away, waste matter, wasted, wastefulness, wasteland, wastepaper, wasting away, weaken, wear, wear and tear, wear away, wearing, wearing away, wearing down, weary waste, weazen, weeds, wild, wilderness, wildness, wilds, wilt, wilting, wipe out, wither, wither away, withering, without issue, wizen, woodland, wrack, wrack and ruin, wreak havoc, wreck, zap


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