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  • n  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
  • n  useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
    if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste
  • n  the trait of wasting resources
    a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste
    the wastefulness of missed opportunities
  • n  an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
    the trackless wastes of the desert
  • n  (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
  • v  spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends
  • v  use inefficiently or inappropriately
    waste heat
    waste a joke on an unappreciative audience
  • v  get rid of
    We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer
  • v  run off as waste
    The water wastes back into the ocean
  • v  get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
  • v  spend extravagantly
    waste not, want not
  • v  lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
  • v  cause to grow thin or weak
  • v  cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion
  • v  become physically weaker
  • s  located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
    waste places

  • It's called electronic waste, or e-waste, and the world produces a lot of it: 20 to 50 million tons a year, according to the UN enough to load a train that would stretch around .
  • The Isle of Wight impressively recycles 50% of its household waste, so the gasification plant will subsist on the other half, the so-called residual waste.
  • By recycling organic waste--composting it--methane emissions are eliminated.
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  • Barack Obama in eTaiwan News
    Obama said "I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it."
  • William Bratton in KNBC.com
    I figured I'd come over and straighten out -- we have no intention of participating in today's hearing. It's a total waste of time. We have sufficent laws on the books that we enforce to deal with this issue,Bratton said, still sweaty from...

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