Waste is a pejorative term for unwanted materials. The term can be described as subjective and inaccurate because waste to one person is not waste to another.

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  1. A waste land; an uninhabited desolate region; a wilderness or desert.
  2. A place that has been laid waste or destroyed.
  3. A large tract of uncultivated land.
  4. A vast expanse of water.
  5. A disused mine or part of one.
  6. The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.
    That was a waste of time
    Her life seemed a waste
  7. Large abundance of something, specifically without it being used.
  8. Gradual loss or decay.
  9. A decaying of the body by disease; wasting away.
  10. Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters; See "to lay waste"
  11. Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.
  12. Excrement
    The cage was littered with animal waste
  13. A cause of action which may be brought by the owner of a future interest in property against the current owner of that property to prevent the current owner from degrading the value or character of the property, either intentionally or through neglect.


  1. To devastate or destroy.
  2. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
  3. To squander (money or resources) uselessly; to spend (time) idly.
    E. Kay (1822-1897), afterwards Lord Justice of Appeal, had rooms on the same staircase as myself, and we wasted a great deal of time together, both in term and in my second summer vacation. 1909. Francis Galton, Memories of my life, p. 69.
  4. To kill; to murder.
  5. Gradually lose weight, weaken, become frail.
  6. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value etc. gradually.
  7. To damage, impair, or injure (an estate, etc.) voluntarily, or by allowing the buildings, fences, etc., to fall into decay.


  1. Uncultivated, uninhabited.
  2. Barren; desert.
  3. Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess.
  4. Superfluous; needless.
  5. Dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
  6. Unfortunate; disappointing.

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