Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- loss by use, decay, deterioration, etc.
- anything wasted, or the amount of this; waste
- the processes by which snow and ice masses are reduced by melting, evaporation, etc.
- the amount of material lost through these processes
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Loss by deterioration, wear, or destruction: “Disease and desertion still caused much greater wastage than battle” (Theodore Ropp).
- The gradual process of wasting.
- An amount that is wasted or lost by wear.