Definition of Waste
1. Noun. Any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted. "Much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Specialized synonyms: Dross, Impurity, Exhaust, Exhaust Fumes, Fumes, Body Waste, Excrement, Excreta, Excretion, Excretory Product, Crud, Filth, Skank, Sewage, Sewerage, Effluent, Sewer Water, Wastewater, Food Waste, Garbage, Refuse, Scraps, Pollutant, Rubbish, Scrap, Trash, Slop, Toxic Industrial Waste, Toxic Waste
2. Verb. Spend thoughtlessly; throw away. "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
Generic synonyms: Expend, Use
Related verbs: Blow
Specialized synonyms: Burn
Derivative terms: Squanderer, Waster
3. Adjective. Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate. "Waste places"
4. Noun. Useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly. "Mindless dissipation of natural resources"
Specialized synonyms: Boondoggle, Waste Of Effort, Waste Of Energy, Waste Of Material, Waste Of Money, Waste Of Time, Extravagance, High Life, Highlife, Lavishness, Prodigality, Squandering
Generic synonyms: Activity
Derivative terms: Dissipate, Wasteful, Wasteful
5. Verb. Use inefficiently or inappropriately. "Waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
6. Noun. The trait of wasting resources. "The wastefulness of missed opportunities"
Generic synonyms: Improvidence, Shortsightedness
Derivative terms: Thriftless, Wasteful
7. Verb. Get rid of. "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
8. Noun. An uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation. "The trackless wastes of the desert"
Specialized synonyms: Heath, Heathland
Generic synonyms: Wild, Wilderness
Derivative terms: Barren
9. Verb. Run off as waste. "The water wastes back into the ocean"
10. Noun. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect.
Generic synonyms: Act, Deed, Human Action, Human Activity
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
11. Verb. Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing. "They want to waste the prisoners "; "The double agent was neutralized"
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Liquidation, Liquidator
12. Verb. Spend extravagantly. "Waste not, want not"
Specialized synonyms: Dissipate, Fool, Fool Away, Fritter, Fritter Away, Frivol Away, Shoot, Luxuriate, Wanton, Lavish, Shower, Overspend, Fling, Splurge
Generic synonyms: Drop, Expend, Spend
Derivative terms: Squanderer, Squandering, Waster
13. Verb. Lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief. "After her husband died, she just pined away"
14. Verb. Cause to grow thin or weak. "The treatment emaciated him"
Generic synonyms: Debilitate, Drain, Enfeeble
Derivative terms: Emaciation, Maceration, Wastage, Wasting
15. Verb. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly. "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin
Specialized synonyms: Ruin
Derivative terms: Desolation, Desolation, Desolation, Devastation, Devastation, Devastation, Devastation, Ravage, Ravaging, Scourge, Waster
16. Verb. Become physically weaker. "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
Generic synonyms: Degenerate, Deteriorate, Devolve, Drop
Specialized synonyms: Gangrene, Mortify, Necrose, Sphacelate
Derivative terms: Wastage
Definition of Waste
1. a. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
2. v. t. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
3. v. i. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less.
4. n. 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.
5. n. Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.
6. a. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
7. v. t. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
8. v. i. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less.
9. n. 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.
10. n. Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.
Definition of Waste
1. Noun. A waste land; an uninhabited desolate region; a wilderness. ¹
2. Noun. A place that has been laid waste or destroyed. ¹
3. Noun. A large tract of uncultivated land. ¹
4. Noun. A vast expanse of water. ¹
5. Noun. A disused mine or part of one. ¹
6. Noun. The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use. ¹
7. Noun. Large abundance of something, especially without it being used. ¹
8. Noun. Gradual loss or decay. ¹
9. Noun. A decaying of the body by disease; wasting away. ¹
10. Noun. (rare) Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters; See "to lay waste" ¹
11. Noun. Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish. ¹
12. Noun. Excrement (animal '''waste''', human '''waste'''). ¹
13. Noun. (legal) A cause of action which may be brought by the owner of a future interest in property against the current owner of that property to prevent the current owner from degrading the value or character of the property, either intentionally or through neglect. ¹
14. Adjective. (rare) Uncultivated, uninhabited. ¹
15. Adjective. Barren; desert. ¹
16. Adjective. Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess. ¹
17. Adjective. Superfluous; needless. ¹
18. Adjective. Unfortunate; Disappointing. ¹
19. Verb. (transitive now rare) To devastate or destroy. ¹
20. Verb. (transitive) To use up, diminish, reduce by gradual loss; to decay; to emaciate. ¹
21. Verb. (transitive) To squander (money or resources) uselessly; to spend (time) idly. ¹
22. Verb. (transitive slang) To kill; to murder. ¹
23. Verb. (intransitive) Gradually lose weight or weaken. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Waste
1. to use thoughtlessly [v WASTED, WASTING, WASTES]
Medical Definition of Waste
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 Paper. Waste pipe, a pipe for carrying off waste, or superfluous, water or other fluids. Specifically: An escape pipe. See Escape. The outlet pipe at the bottom of a bowl, tub, sink, or the like. Waste steam. Steam which escapes the air. Exhaust steam. Waste trap, a trap for a waste pipe, as of a sink.
Origin: OE. Wast, OF. Wast, from L. Vastus, influenced by the kindred German word; cf. OHG. Wuosti, G. Wust, OS. Wsti, D. Woest, AS. Weste. Cf. Vast.
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. To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc, to go to decay.
Synonym: To squander, dissipate, lavish, desolate.
Origin: OE. Wasten, OF. Waster, guaster, gaster, F. Gater 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. Wusten, AS. Westan. See Waste.
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, labour, words, etc. "Waste . . . Of catel and of time." "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." "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. 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.
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Waste
waste not, want not
waste of effort
waste of energy
waste of material
waste of money