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definition of the word waste

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From Old North French wast(e) < Latin vastum


countable and uncountable; wastes

waste (countable and uncountable; plural wastes)

  1. A waste land; an uninhabited desolate region; a wilderness.
  2. A place that has been laid waste or destroyed.
  3. A large tract of uncultivated land.
  4. A vaste expanse of water.
  5. A disused mine or part of one.
  6. The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.
    That was a waste of time
    Her life seemed a waste
  7. Large abundance of something, especially without it being used.
  8. Gradual loss or decay.
  9. A decaying of the body by disease; wasting away.
  10. (rare) Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters; See "to lay waste"
  11. Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.
  12. excrement (animal waste, human waste).

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