- The definition of waste is a wild or uninhabited place.
An example of waste is the Sahara Desert.
- Waste is matter excreted from the body, or unwanted or discarded matter.
- An example of waste is sweat.
- An example of waste is the wrapper from a candy bar.
- Waste is defined as to destroy, wear away or use up.
An example of to waste is spending money on silly things.
waste definition by Webster's New World
- to destroy; devastate; ruin
- to wear away; consume gradually; use up
- to make weak, feeble, or emaciated; wear away the strength, vigor, or life of: a man wasted by age and disease
- to use up or spend without real need, gain, or purpose; squander
- to fail to take proper advantage of: to waste an opportunity
- ☆ Slang to kill, usually with violence; esp., to murder
Origin: Middle English wasten ; from Norman French waster ; from Classical Latin vastare, to lay waste, devastate (; from vastus: see vast): influenced, influence by Germanic an unverified form wostjan from source Old High German wuosten
- to lose strength, health, vigor, flesh, etc., as by disease; become weak or enfeebled: often with away
- to be used up or worn down gradually; become smaller or fewer by gradual loss
- Now Rare to pass or be spent: said of time
- to be wasted, or not put to full or proper use
- uncultivated or uninhabited; wild; barren; desolate
- left over, superfluous, refuse, or no longer of use: a waste product
- produced in excess of what is or can be used: waste energy
- excreted from the body as useless or superfluous material: said as of feces or urine
- used to carry off or hold waste or refuse: a waste pipe, wastebasket
Origin: ME wast < NormFr < L vastus: see vast
- uncultivated or uninhabited land, as a desert or wilderness
- a desolate, uncultivated, or devastated stretch, tract, or area
- a vast expanse, as of the sea
- a wasting or being wasted; specif.,
- a useless or profitless spending or consuming; squandering, as of money or time
- a failure to take advantage (of something)
- a gradual loss, decrease, or destruction by use, wear, decay, deterioration, etc.
- useless, superfluous, or discarded material, as ashes, garbage or sewage
- matter excreted from the body, as feces or urine
- cotton fiber or yarn left over from the process of milling, used for wiping machinery, packing bearings, etc.
- Obsolete ruin or devastation, as by war or fire
- Physical Geog. material derived by land erosion or disintegration of rock, and carried to the sea by rivers and streams
Origin: ME < NormFr < the adj.; also in part < L vastum, neut. of vastus
waste definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb wast·ed, wast·ing, wastes verb, transitive
- To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly.
- To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble: Disease wasted his body.
- To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose: waste an opportunity.
- a. To destroy completely.b. Slang To kill; murder.
- To lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor; become weak or enfeebled: wasting away from an illness.
- To pass without being put to use: Time is wasting.
- The act or an instance of wasting or the condition of being wasted: a waste of talent; gone to waste.
- A place, region, or land that is uninhabited or uncultivated; a desert or wilderness.
- A devastated or destroyed region, town, or building; a ruin.
- a. An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product.b. Something, such as steam, that escapes without being used.
- Garbage; trash.
- The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
- Regarded or discarded as worthless or useless: waste trimmings.
- Used as a conveyance or container for refuse: a waste bin.
- Excreted from the body: waste matter.
Origin: Middle English wasten, from Old North French waster, from Latin vāstāre, to make empty, from vāstus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.
waste - Legal Definition
waste - Medical Definition
waste - Phrases/Idioms
go to waste
lay waste (to)
waste (one's) breath
waste - Science Definition