This made it possible for the Iroquois, unhindered, to lay waste the Illinois country.
There were no forests to lay waste here, nor marshes to be drained.
Bothvar said, "This hall is not so well arrayed as I thought, if one beast can lay waste the kingdom and the cattle of the king."
You may lay waste its fertile valleys and verdant hill-sides.
They are pitiless marauders who lay waste whole kingdoms and transform populous districts into gloomy solitudes.
There are a thousand of them, and they can lay waste this island, if they get going.
A party of soldiers had been sent to lay waste his property, for clemency was not the order of the day.
I will lay waste this duchy of hers, though in the end the emperor crush me.
This man sweareth by his spear, which he holdeth to be better than all the gods whatsoever, that he will lay waste this city.
The Fabians roamed about in order to lay waste the enemys territory.
c.1200, "devastate, ravage, ruin," from Anglo-French and Old North French waster "to spoil, ruin" (Old French guaster), altered (by influence of Frankish *wostjan) from Latin vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate, waste" (see vain).
The word also existed in Old English as westan. Meaning "to lose strength or health; pine; weaken" is attested from c.1300; the sense of "squander, spend or consume uselessly" is first recorded mid-14c.; meaning "to kill" is from 1964. Wasted "intoxicated" is slang from 1950s. The adjective is recorded from late 13c.
c.1200, "desolate regions," from Old French wast, from Latin vastum, neuter of vastus "waste" (see waste (v.)).
Replaced Old English westen, woesten "a desert, wilderness," from the Latin word. Meaning "useless expenditure" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "refuse matter" is attested from c.1400. Waste basket first recorded 1850. Waste-paper first recorded 1580s.
v. wast·ed, wast·ing, wastes
To gradually lose energy, strength, or bodily substance, as from disease. n.
The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
Noun An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product. See also hazardous waste, landfill.
Verb To lose or cause to lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor, as by the progressive effects of a disease such as metastatic cancer.