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useless, leftover, unused; pertaining to rubbish; pertaining to animal waste; desolate, barren; desert; destroyed
squander, misspend, misemploy; throw away; destroy, spoil; weaken, impoverish; consume; dwindle away; wither; murder (Slang)
squandering, misuse, disuse; destruction, ruin, loss; desolation, wasteland; desert; refuse, rubbish, garbage; sewage
Waste Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
perdo, attero, eximo, prodigo, eluo, edo edi essum
comedo comedi comesum
Waste Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse.
(v. i.)
To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; -- said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.
(v. i.)
To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less.
To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
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.
To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.
To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper.
Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous.
Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\waste\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. wasted; p. pr. & vb. n. wasting.] [oe. wasten, of. waster, guaster, gaster, f. gâter 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. wüsten, as. wēstan. 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. the tiber insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds.
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. xiv. 33. o, were i able to waste it all myself, and leave ye none! here condemned to waste eternal days in woe and pain. wasted by such a course of life, the infirmities of age daily grew on him.
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. v. 13. full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.
4. (law) to damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.

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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
I waste a thing: cuirim rud amú
waste disposal unit: aonad diúscartha dramhaíola
waste ground: talamh fásaigh
waste pipe: píobán fuíollábhair
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Afrad = n. waste
Afradloni = v. to waste, to lavish
Diafrad = a. without waste
Diffeithio = v. to lay waste
Diffiethiad = n. a laying waste
Difrawd = n. dispersion; waste; devastation
Gores = n. waste, a. open
Gorest = n. a waste; a. open waste
Gwasg = n. a press; a waste
Hafog = n. waste, havoc; a. abundant, common
Ofer = a. waste, vain, useless, idle
Ofera = v. to waste; to act idly
Oferlaeth = n. waste milk
Peithiog = a open, desert, waste
Ystraffu = v. to strew, to waste
Australian Slang
murder or kill, especially by shooting
stupid or useless person
1. completely exhausted; 2. under the effects of alcohol or drugs
English Slang Dictionary v1.2
1. to destroy
2. to kill, to beat up
WordNet 2.0

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"
(synonym) waste material, waste matter, waste product
(hypernym) material, stuff
(hyponym) impurity, dross
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"
(synonym) wastefulness, dissipation
(hypernym) activity
(hyponym) boondoggle
(derivation) blow, squander
3. the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
(synonym) thriftlessness, wastefulness
(hypernym) improvidence, shortsightedness
(derivation) blow, squander
4. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
(synonym) barren, wasteland
(hypernym) wilderness, wild
(hyponym) heath, heathland
5. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
(synonym) permissive waste
(hypernym) act, human action, human activity
(classification) law, jurisprudence

1. spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
(synonym) blow, squander
(antonym) conserve, husband, economize, economise
(hypernym) use, expend
(hyponym) burn
(verb-group) blow
(derivation) thriftlessness, wastefulness
2. use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
(hypernym) use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
(derivation) thriftlessness, wastefulness
3. get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
(hypernym) discard, fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put away
(derivation) waste material, waste matter, waste product
4. run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"
(synonym) run off
(hypernym) run, flow, feed, course
(derivation) waste material, waste matter, waste product
5. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
(synonym) neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, knock off, do in
(hypernym) kill
6. spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
(synonym) consume, squander, ware
(hypernym) spend, expend, drop
(hyponym) fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool away
(derivation) wastefulness, dissipation
7. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
(synonym) pine away, languish
(hypernym) weaken
(derivation) wastage
8. cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"
(synonym) emaciate, macerate
(hypernym) enfeeble, debilitate, drain
(cause) emaciate
(derivation) wastage
9. devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
(synonym) lay waste to, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge
(hypernym) destroy, ruin
(hyponym) ruin
(derivation) destroyer, ruiner, undoer, waster, uprooter
10. waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
(synonym) rot
(hypernym) devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate
(hyponym) necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate
(derivation) wastage

1. disposed of as useless; "waste paper"
(synonym) cast-off(a), discarded, junked, scrap(a)
(similar) useless
2. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
(synonym) desert, godforsaken, wild
(similar) inhospitable
Waste Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Any activity that consumes resources and produces no added value to the product or service a customer receives.
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An improper use or an abuse of a property by a possessor who holds less than fee ownership, such as a tenant, life tenant, mortgagor or vendee. Such waste ordinarily impairs the value of the land or the interest of the person holding the title or the reversionary rights.
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
Waste Connections Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to secondary markets in the western u.s.
Exchange: NYSE
Holding company with subsidiaries which provide solid waste management services including collection, transfer, recyling, disposal, soil remediation and medical and special waste incineration services to municipal, commercial, industrial and residential customers; Owns and operates waste-to-energy and waste-fuel powered
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Waste Holdings, Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Holding company with subsidiary which provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to commercial, industrial and residential customer. new registrant.
Waste Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Economics Glossary
When the relative value of a good is different from that goods marginal cost of production, waste occurs. Goods or resources are wasted when they are allocated to uses which are not the most valuable.
Dream Dictionary
To dream of wandering through waste places, foreshadows doubt and failure, where promise of success was bright before you.

To dream of wasting your fortune, denotes you will be unpleasantly encumbered with domestic cares.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Waste Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Fishery Glossary
Physical waste is product that is caught but does not have market value. It is a by-product of the production process which is not utilized. OECD (1996)
Waste Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
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Waste Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A spoil or destruction houses, gardens, trees, or other corporeal hereditaments, to the disherison of him that hath the remainder or reversion in fee simple or fee tail.

The doctrine of waste is somewhat different in this country from what it is in England. It is adapted to our circumstances. Waste is either voluntary or permissive.

Voluntary waste. A voluntary waste is an act of commission, as tearing down a house. This kind of waste is committed in houses, in timber, and in land. It is committed in houses by removing wainscots, floors, benches, furnaces, window-glass, windows, doors, shelves, and other things once fixed to the freehold, although they may have been erected by the lessee himself, unless they were erected for the purposes of trade. And this kind of waste may take place not only in pulling down houses, or parts of them, but also in changing their forms; as, if the tenant pull down a house and erect a new one in the place, whether it be larger or smaller than the first or convert a parlor into a stable; or a grist-mill into a fulling-mill or turn two rooms into one. The building of a house where there was none before is said to be a waste and taking it down after it is built, is a waste. It is a general rule that when a lessee has annexed anything to the freehold during the term, and afterwards takes it away, it is waste. This principle is established in the French law.

But at a very early period several exceptions were attempted to be made to this rule, which were at last effectually engrafted upon it in favor of trade, and of those vessels and utensils, which are immediately subservient to the purposes of trade.

This relaxation of the old rule has taken place between two descriptions of persons; that is, between the landlord and tenant, and between the tenant for life or tenant in tail and the remainder-man or reversioner.

As between the landlord and tenant it is now the law, that if the lessee annex any chattel to the house for the purpose of his trade, he may disunite it during the continuance of his interest, But this relation extends only to erections for the purposes of trade.

It has been decided that a tenant for years may remove cider-mills, orna-mental marble chimney pieces, wainscots fixed only by screws, and such like. A tenant of a farm cannot remove buildings which he has erected for the purposes of husbandry, and the better enjoyment of the profits of the land, though he thereby leaves the premises the same as when he entered.

Voluntary waste may be committed on timber, and in the country from which we have borrowed our laws, the law is very strict. In Pennsylvania, however, and many of the other states, the law has applied itself to our situation, and those acts which in England would amount to waste, are not so accounted here. Where wild and uncultivated land, wholly covered with wood and timber, is leased, the lessee may fell a part pf the wood and timber, so as to fit the land for cultivation, without being liable to waste, but he cannot cut down the whole so as permanently to injure the inheritance. And to what extent the wood and timber on such land may be cut down without waste, is a question of fact for the jury under the direction of the court. The tenant may cut down trees for the reparation of the houses, fences, hedges, stiles, gates, and the like and for mixing and repairing all instruments of husbandry, as ploughs, carts, harrows, rakes, forks, etc. The tenant may, when he is unrestrained by the terms of his lease, out down timber, if there be not enough dead timber. Where the tenant, by the conditions of his lease, is entitled to cut down timber, he is restrained nevertheless from cutting down ornamental trees, or those planted for shelter or to exclude objects from sight.

Windfalls are the property of the landlord, for whatever is severed by inevitable necessity, as by a tempest, or by a trespasser, and by wrong, belongs to him who has the inheritance.

Waste is frequently committed on cultivated fields, orchards, gardens, meadows, and the like. It is proper here to remark that there is an implied covenant or agreement on the part of the lessee to use a farm in a husbandman-like manner, and not to exhaust the soil by neglectful or improper tillage. It is therefore waste to convert arable to woodland and the contrary, or meadow to arable; or meadow to orchard. Cutting down fruit trees although planted by the tenant himself, is waste; and it was held to be waste for an outgoing tenant of garden ground to plough up strawherry beds which be had bought of a former tenant when he entered.

It is a general rule that when lands are leased on which there are open mines of metal or coal or pits of gravel, lime, clay, brick, earth, stone, and the like, the tenant may dig out of such mines, or pits. But he cannot open any new mines or pits without being guilty of waste and carrying away the soil, is waste.

Permissive waste. Permissive waste in houses is punishable where the tenant is expressly bound to repair, or where he is so bound on an implied covenant. It is waste if the tenant suffer a house leased to him to remain uncovered so long that the rafters or other timbers of the house become rotten, unless the house was uncovered when the tenant took possession.

Of remedies for waste. The ancient writ of waste has been superseded. It is usual to bring case in the nature of waste instead of the action of waste, as well for permissive as voluntary waste.

Some decisions have made it doubtful whether an action on the case for permissive waste can be maintained against any tenant for years. Even where the lessee covenants not to do waste, the lessor has his election to bring either an action on the case, or of, covenant, against the lessee for waste done by him during the term. In an action on the case in the nature of waste, the plaintiff recovers only damages for the waste.

The latter action has this advantage over an action of waste, that it may be brought by him in reversion or remainder for life or years, as well as in fee or in tail; and the plaintiff is entitled to costs in this action, which he cannot have in an action of waste.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library. Legal Dictionary
The abuse, destruction or permanent change to property by one who is merely in possesion of it as in the case of a tenant or a life tenant. - (read more on Waste)
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Waste Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Lexicon of Tiddlywinks
to lose or boondock  
The Scotch Whisky by SDA v.4.20
Liquid residue, in the spirit still, after the second distillation, usually waste.
EPA Terms of Environment
1. Unwanted materials left over from a manufacturing process. 2. Refuse from places of human or animal habitation.
Provided as a public service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
1. Unwanted materials left over from a manufacturing process. 2. Refuse from places of human or animal habitation.
Waste Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
film and video
Shining a light on an object, then slowing turning the light away so that some of the light will miss or fall off the object. (Lighting)
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
Waste Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Basic Guide to ASL
The back of the upturned right hand, thumb touching fingertips, is placed in the upturned left palm. The right hand moves off and away from the left once or several times, each time opening into the '5' position, palm up.
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Useless matter. To become thin