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waste

  

      vb  
1    tr   to use, consume, or expend thoughtlessly, carelessly, or to no avail  
2    tr   to fail to take advantage of  
to waste an opportunity     
3    when intr, often foll by: away   to lose or cause to lose bodily strength, health, etc.  
4    to exhaust or become exhausted  
5    tr   to ravage  
6    tr  
Informal   to murder or kill  
I want that guy wasted by tomorrow     
      n  
7    the act of wasting or state of being wasted  
8    a failure to take advantage of something  
9    anything unused or not used to full advantage  
10    anything or anyone rejected as useless, worthless, or in excess of what is required  
11    garbage, rubbish, or trash  
12    a land or region that is devastated or ruined  
13    a land or region that is wild or uncultivated  
14      (Physiol)  
a    the useless products of metabolism  
b    indigestible food residue  
15    disintegrated rock material resulting from erosion  
16      (Law)   reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect, esp. by a life-tenant  
      adj  
17    rejected as useless, unwanted, or worthless  
18    produced in excess of what is required  
19    not cultivated, inhabited, or productive  
waste land     
20   
a    of or denoting the useless products of metabolism  
b    of or denoting indigestible food residue  
21    destroyed, devastated, or ruined  
22    designed to contain or convey waste products  
23    lay waste   to devastate or destroy  
     (C13: from Anglo-French waster, from Latin vastare to lay waste, from vastus empty)  
  wastable      adj  


cotton waste  
      n   refuse cotton yarn, esp. when used as a cleaning material  
high-level waste  
      n   radioactive waste material, such as spent nuclear fuel, having a high activity and thus needing constant cooling for several decades by its producers before it can be disposed of  
   Compare       intermediate-level waste       low-level waste  
intermediate-level waste  
      n   radioactive waste material, such as reactor and processing-plant components, that is solidified before being mixed with concrete and stored in steel drums in deep mines or beneath the seabed in concrete chambers  
   Compare       high-level waste       low-level waste  
low-level waste  
      n   waste material contaminated by traces of radioactivity that can be disposed of in steel drums in concrete-lined trenches but not (since 1983) in the sea  
   Compare       high-level waste       intermediate-level waste  
nuclear waste  
      n      another name for       radioactive waste  
radioactive waste  
      n   any waste material containing radionuclides,   (Also called)    nuclear waste  
waste disposal unit  
      n   an electrically operated fitment in the plughole of a kitchen sink that breaks up food refuse so that it goes down the waste pipe  
waste heat recovery  
      n   the use of heat that is produced in a thermodynamic cycle, as in a furnace, combustion engine, etc., in another process, such as heating feedwater or air  
waste pipe  
      n   a pipe to take excess or used water away, as from a sink to a drain  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
v.
1. perdre du temps 2. passer le temps ; tuer le temps
exp.
let the time go by without doing something important, relax, waste time
E.g.: It was a quite evening: we sat around chatting and watching TV.

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