v., adj., & n.
1 tr. use to no purpose or for inadequate result or extravagantly (waste time).
2 tr. fail to use (esp. an opportunity).
3 tr. (often foll. by on) give (advice etc.), utter (words etc.), without effect.
4 tr. & intr. wear gradually away; make or become weak; wither.
5 tr. ravage, devastate.
6 tr. treat as wasted or valueless.
7 intr. be expended without useful effect.
1 superfluous; no longer serving a purpose.
2 (of a district etc.) not inhabited or cultivated; desolate (waste ground).
3 presenting no features of interest.
1 the act or an instance of wasting; extravagant or ineffectual use of an asset, of time, etc.
2 waste material or food; refuse; useless remains or by-products.
3 a waste region; a desert etc.
4 the state of being used up; diminution by wear and tear.
5 Law damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, esp. by a life-tenant.
6 = waste pipe.
Phrases and idioms:
go (or run) to waste be wasted. lay waste ravage, devastate. waste-basket esp. US = waste-paper basket. waste one's breath see BREATH. waste not, want not extravagance leads to poverty. waste paper spoiled or valueless paper. waste-paper basket esp. Brit. a receptacle for waste paper. waste pipe a pipe to carry off waste material, e.g. from a sink. waste products useless by-products of manufacture or of an organism or organisms. waste words see WORD.
wastable adj. wasteless adj.
Etymology: ME f. ONF wast(e), var. of OF g(u)ast(e), f. L vastus

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Waste — Waste, is an unwanted or undesired material or substance. It is also referred to as rubbish, trash, garbage, or junk depending upon the type of material and the regional terminology. In living organisms, waste relates to unwanted substances or… …   Wikipedia

  • waste — n 1: destruction of or damage to property that is caused by the act or omission of one (as a lessee, mortgagor, or life tenant) having a lesser estate and is usu. to the injury of another (as an heir, mortgagee, or remainderman) with an interest… …   Law dictionary

  • WASTE — WASTE …   Википедия

  • Waste — Waste, a. [OE. wast, OF. wast, from L. vastus, influenced by the kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosti, G. w[ u]st, OS. w?sti, D. woest, AS. w[=e]ste. Cf. {Vast}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waste — [wāst] vt. wasted, wasting [ME wasten < NormFr waster < L vastare, to lay waste, devastate (< vastus: see VAST): infl. by Gmc * wostjan > OHG wuosten] 1. to destroy; devastate; ruin 2. to wear away; consume gradually; use up 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Waste — Waste, n. [OE. waste; cf. the kindred AS. w[=e]sten, OHG. w[=o]st[=i], wuost[=i], G. w[ u]ste. See {Waste}, a. & v.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waste — n 1 Waste, desert, badlands, wilderness can mean a tract or region of land not usable for cultivation or general habitation. Waste is the general term applicable to a tract or region which because of natural features (as poor stony soil,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waste — ► VERB 1) use carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose. 2) fail to make full or good use of. 3) (be wasted on) be unappreciated by. 4) (often waste away) become progressively weaker and more emaciated. 5) literary lay waste to. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • Waste — Waste, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wasting}.] [OE. wasten, OF. waster, guaster, gaster, F. g[^a]ter to spoil, L. vastare to devastate, to lay waste, fr. vastus waste, desert, uncultivated, ravaged, vast, but influenced by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • WASTE — (auch W.A.S.T.E.) ist ein P2P Filesharing Programm für kleine Arbeitsgruppen mit bis zu 50 Benutzern. Es besitzt integrierte Benachrichtigungsfunktionen, die an Instant Messaging und IRC erinnern (Liste mit angemeldeten Benutzern, Chaträume für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • waste — waste; waste·ful; waste·less; waste·man; waste·ness; un·waste·fully; waste·ful·ly; waste·ful·ness; …   English syllables