General English


  • adjective without a specific use and unwanted
  • noun material that is thrown away by people or is an unwanted by-product of a process
  • verb to use more of something than is needed


  • noun something which can no longer be used


  • noun material left over from a production process which is of no value and is thrown away


  • The difference between the quantity that must be included in an estimate and the quantity that is actually to be installed, added to the quantity as a percentage. Applicable to materials, waste should not be applied to labor or confused with productivity.


  • adjective used for describing material that is useless
  • noun material that is useless, especially material that is left over after all the useful parts or substances have been used up

Information & Library Science

  • verb to spend money, time or effort on something that is not important


  • noun an act of using more of a resource (such as ammunition, fuel, manpower, water, etc.) than is necessary
  • verb to kill someone


  • noun rubbish or things that are not used

Real Estate

  • noun unwanted or unusable items, remains, by-products or household rubbish
  • noun used or contaminated water from domestic, industrial, or mining applications
  • noun loss of value in a property or estate caused by damage done by the tenant


  • (written as Waste)
    A tragedy by the British dramatist Harley Granville-barker. It was first performed privately in London in 1907 by the Stage Society, after the Lord Chamberlain refused to license it for performance at the Royal Court Theatre. The ban, which was imposed because one of the characters has an illegal abortion, was not lifted until 1936. The plot centres on Henry Trebell,an idealistic MP who is brought down by an affair with a married woman and themanoeuvrings of his colleagues. Recent years have seen highly praised revivalsat the Old Vic in 1997 and the Almeida Theatre in 2008.

Origin & History of “waste”

The etymological notions underlying waste are ‘emptiness’ and ‘desolation’. Its main modern sense, ‘squander’, is a comparatively recent development, first recorded in English in the 14th century. Its ultimate source is Latin vāstus ‘empty’, which has also given English devastate and vast. From this was formed the verb vāstāre ‘devastate, lay waste’, which passed into English via Old Northern French waster. The derivative wastrel dates from the 16th century.