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waste

Definitions

  • Do not lose a chance of helping others; we never waste time when we are helping others
    Do not lose a chance of helping others; we never waste time when we are helping others
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj waste located in a dismal or remote area; desolate "a desert island","a godforsaken wilderness crossroads","a wild stretch of land","waste places"
    • v waste become physically weaker "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
    • v waste cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    • v waste cause to grow thin or weak "The treatment emaciated him"
    • v waste lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief "After her husband died, she just pined away"
    • v waste spend extravagantly "waste not, want not"
    • v waste use inefficiently or inappropriately "waste heat","waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
    • v waste get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing "The mafia liquidated the informer","the double agent was neutralized"
    • v waste run off as waste "The water wastes back into the ocean"
    • v waste get rid of "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
    • v waste spend thoughtlessly; throw away "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends","You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
    • n waste 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"
    • n waste (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
    • n waste the trait of wasting resources "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste","the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
    • n waste an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation "the barrens of central Africa","the trackless wastes of the desert"
    • n waste 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste
    • Waste Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless. "The dismal situation waste and wild.""His heart became appalled as he gazed forward into the waste darkness of futurity."
    • Waste Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous. "And strangled with her waste fertility."
    • Waste Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper. "But his waste words returned to him in vain.""Not a waste or needless sound,
      Till we come to holier ground."
      "Ill day which made this beauty waste ."
    • Waste (Phys. Geog) Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.
    • Waste (Mining) Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse.
    • Waste (Law) 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.
    • Waste 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.
    • Waste 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. "The wastes of Nature.""All the leafy nation sinks at last,
      And Vulcan rides in triumph o'er the waste ."
      "The gloomy waste of waters which bears his name is his tomb and his monument."
    • Waste 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. "Waste . . . of catel and of time.""For all this waste of wealth loss of blood.""He will never . . . in the way of waste, attempt us again.""Little wastes in great establishments, constantly occurring, may defeat the energies of a mighty capital."
    • Waste To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less; -- commonly used with away. "The time wasteth night and day.""The barrel of meal shall not waste .""But man dieth, and wasteth away."
    • Waste 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."
    • Waste (Law) To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.
    • Waste (Sporting) To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; -- said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.
    • Waste 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.""Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
      And waste its sweetness on the desert air."
    • Waste 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.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water in a minute
    • n waste In physical geography, detritus derived by the superficial disintegration of rock-masses and in process of removal by transporting agencies; rock-waste.
    • waste In stone-cutting, to take off projecting irregularities of, as in preparing the stone for crating and transportation. Usually with off.
    • waste Desert; desolate; uninhabited.
    • waste In a state of desolation and decay; ruined; ruinous; blank; cheerless; dismal; dreary.
    • waste Unused; untilled; unproductive.
    • waste Rejected as unfit for use, or spoiled in the using; refuse; hence, of little or no value; useless: as, waste paper; waste materials.
    • waste Idle; empty; vain; of no value or significance.
    • waste Exuberant; over-abundant; hence, super-fluous; useless.
    • waste Wasteful; prodigal; profuse.
    • n waste A wild, uninhabited, or desolate place or region; a desert; a wilder ness.
    • n waste Unfilled or uncultivated ground; a tract of land not in a state of cultivation, and producing little or no herbage or wood.
    • n waste In coal-mining, gob; also, the fine coal made in mining and preparing coal for the market; culm; coal-dirt; dirt: in the Pennsylvania an thracite region, used to signify both the mine-waste (or coal left in the mine in pillars, etc.) and the breaker waste.
    • n waste Gradual loss, diminution, or decay, as in bulk, substance, strength, or value, from continued use, wear, disease, etc.: as, waste of tissue; waste of energy.
    • n waste Consumption; decline; a pining away.
    • n waste Broken, spoiled, useless, or superfluous material; stuff that is left over, or that is unfitted or cannot readily be utilized for the purpose for which it was intended; overplus, useless, or rejected material; refuse, as the overflow water from a dam or reservoir, broken or spoiled castings in a foundry, paper scraps in a printing-office or bindery, or shreds of yarn in a cotton- or woolen-mill.
    • n waste Rubbish; trash; nonsense.
    • n waste A weir or sluice for carrying off the over flow from a dam, reservoir, or canal.
    • n waste A waste-pipe, or any contrivance for allowing waste matter or surplus water, steam, etc., to escape.
    • n waste Unnecessary or useless expenditure: as, waste of time, labor, or money.
    • n waste A superfluity.
    • n waste In law, anything suffered by a tenant in the nature of permanent injury to the inheritance, not occasioned by the act of God or a public enemy; the result of any act or omission by the tenant of a particular estate by which the estate of the remainder-man or reversioner is rendered less valuable.
    • n waste Synonyms Refuse, Damage, etc. See loss.
    • waste To lay waste; devastate; destroy; ruin.
    • waste In law, to damage, injure, or impair, as an estate, voluntarily, or by allowing the build ings, fences, etc., to fail into decay.
    • waste To diminish or reduce in bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, as by continued use, wear, loss, decay, or disease; consume or wear away; use up; spend.
    • waste To expend without adequate return; spend uselessly, vainly, or foolishly; employ or use lavishly, prodigally, improvidently, or carelessly; squander; throw away.
    • waste Synonyms To ravage, pillage, plunder, strip.
    • waste To dissipate, fritter away.
    • waste To be consumed or grow gradually less in bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like; wear or pine away; decay or diminish gradually; dwindle.
    • n waste An old spelling of waist.
    • waste To cudgel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Energy is being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use
    • adj Waste wāst empty, desert: desolate: useless, vain: stripped: lying unused: unproductive
    • v.t Waste to lay waste or make desolate: to destroy: to wear out gradually: to squander: to diminish: to impair
    • v.i Waste to be diminished: to dwindle: to be consumed
    • n Waste act of wasting: useless expenditure: superfluous material, stuff left over: loss: destruction: that which is wasted or waste: uncultivated country: desert: refuse, as of coal, &c.: decay, decline:
    • adj Waste improvident
    • n Waste (law) natural but permanent injury to the inheritance
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.”
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
    “The waste basket is a writer's best friend.”
  • Natalie Clifford Barney
    Natalie%20Clifford%20Barney
    “Eternity -- waste of time.”
  • Corey Ford
    Corey Ford
    “She learned to say things with her eyes that others waste time putting into words”
  • Ben Herbster
    Ben Herbster
    “The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.”

Idioms

Haste makes waste - This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you're likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.
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Lay waste - To lay waste to something is to destroy it.
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Waste not, want not - If you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking.
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Waste of skin - If a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)

Usage

In literature:

Nor does he waste any.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
All this rock waste the current is sweeping along to the Gulf of California.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Nevertheless she wasted no words about it.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
In order to dribble stuff smelling sickeningly of carnations on a wasted yard.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
He never could waste his energy in speech, as I'm doing now.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
He knew perfectly the tone and spirit of these waste places: their might, their malevolence, their sadness, their eternal beauty.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Patty knew she would waste her breath if she did.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Why do we waste so much time arguing and fighting over non-essentials?
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Did he think that old Neefit would give his money to be wasted upon strikes?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
We've wasted twenty minutes; we've barely time to get there.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Aren't you wasting time?
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
But I had not sufficiently trusted to the indomitable spirit of the French, in their intolerance of waste, their fierce, yet ordered energy.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Standing until very ripe, or lying scattered until quite dry, is very wasteful.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
This wastes your time and cools the coffee.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
In all meat there is some waste matter.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
As there were no tips Victoria soon learned that courtesy was wasted, so wasted none.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
Michael was glad that they had begun to build houses in the waste ground opposite.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
If he had stayed to shoot longer, his birds would have been wasted.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
Waste of time, unless you follow my example.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
What years of rich life wasted!
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
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In poetry:

Hard lot of mine! my days are cast
Among the sons of strife,
Whose never-ceasing brawling waste
My golden hours of life.
"Psalm 120" by Isaac Watts
Where wast thou when Orion past
Below the dark-blue sea?
His glittering, silent stars are gone,
Didst follow them for me?
"On Waking From A Dreamless Sleep" by Annie Adams Fields
Though thou wast passing fair,
And wondrous beauty crown'd thee,
And Fancy's robe most rare,
Forever brightly bound thee:
"Though Thou Wast Passing Fair" by James Avis Bartley
Messiah! at thy glad approach
The howling winds are still!
Thy praises fill the lonely waste,
And breathe from every hill.
"Hymn VII. Messiah! at thy glad approach" by John Logan
Then out it spake her, White Lily;
"My sister, we'll be gane;
Why shou'd we stay in Barnsdale,
To waste our youth in pain?"
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
In early years thou wast my guide,
And of my youth the friend:
And as my days began with thee,
With thee my days shall end.
"Trust in Providence" by John Logan

In news:

Huron Landfill To Take Some Of Beef Plant 's Waste.
Even as a major league pitcher, the idea of family isn't wasted on Darren O'Day.
I've always been a glass half-full guy, so I'm not going to waste much time on this blog breaking down the horrific first half performance by the Dynamo on Wednesday.
Boys try to reduce wasted school food.
It's been almost five months since someone took a saw to an orchard in Garfield Township and wasted 428 cherry tree s.
Chillers expend excess energy when their compressors run at full-rated constant speed, a wasteful and unnecessary operating condition.
No time was wasted after the province's popular leader's ouster this week, with the Chinese vice president taking over and officials pledging their loyalty.
The Spokane sheriff restructures, Hanford waste lurks and Eastern turns down more financial control.
Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer in state.
Deer with chronic wasting disease was from north, DNR says.
The riddle of chronic wasting disease continues.
Chronic Wasting Disease .
It's my belief that chronic wasting disease is being overblown.
One in five hunters submitted their deer and elk for chronic wasting disease testing during the first part of hunting season.
The Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI) created the plan after a Waste to Wealth summit earlier this month in Athens.
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In science:

It seems na¨ıve to believe that this would not waste resources.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
This process leads to a degradation of the chaotic behavior of the generator and a lot of time wasted during computations .
Improving random number generators by chaotic iterations. Application in data hiding
Overestimation for the worst case assumption can be wasteful, leading to high computation complexity, decoding delay, and memory overheads.
Localized Dimension Growth in Random Network Coding: A Convolutional Approach
However, during the low traffic load conditions (e.g night time), lot of energy is routinely wasted.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
Also, while doing so, focus should be on lowcomplexity schemes so that the energy savings acquired are not wasted in an increased need for processing power.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
There is also a numerical slowing down as we approach the singularity, but it is globally less important than with the iterative approach, because none of the generated data is wasted.
A critical look at the role of the bare parameters in the renormalization of Phi-derivable approximations
Significant variation after adjusting for differences in patient populations indicates over- or under-use of the procedure, leading to poor patient outcomes and/or wasted resources.
Misspecifying the Shape of a Random Effects Distribution: Why Getting It Wrong May Not Matter
Special waste containments and protection suits for the workers are essential to guarantee safety for workers and the environment.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
The question now is, what can be done to tackle the waste problem.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
The formation of a test set essentially “wastes” observations which are not used in the training of the classifier.
Small Sample Inference for Generalization Error in Classification Using the CUD Bound
While that may appear wasteful and even counterintuitive, this locality of update is required to satisfy the formal guarantees of BRUE discussed below.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
But the difficulty is that each edge of E (G[S ]) ∪ EG [S, ¯S ] belongs to a tree connecting S and can not be wasted.
A survey on the generalized connectivity of graphs
This seems very wasteful, but look at the final result: we show that the expectation is exponentially small, and not only that, we can make the exponent base as small as we want by reducing a.
Reinforced random walk
If n is large, this approach may generate too many extra random bits, which can be treated as a waste.
A Universal Scheme for Transforming Binary Algorithms to Generate Random Bits from Loaded Dice
Continually re-implementing authentication logic (within and between organizations) not only wastes productivity but also increases the number of systems with potentially exploitable security flaws which expands attack surfaces.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
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