a bin or other receptacle for discarded matter, especially kitchen waste; garbage can: Hey, who threw my leftover pizza in the garbage?
anything that is contemptibly worthless, inferior, or vile: There's nothing but garbage on TV tonight.
Informal. any unnecessary item added to something else, as for appearance only; garnish: I'll have an Old Fashioned, but without the garbage.
useless artificial satellites or parts of rockets floating in space, as satellites that are no longer transmitting information or rocket boosters jettisoned in flight.
Computers. meaningless or unwanted data: That program was not properly debugged and produced nothing but garbage.
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How to use garbage in a sentence
Since the spring, the 54-year-old Montgomery County man has spent his daily walks into the District collecting garbage around the city, usually filling at least two trash bags with waste.The ‘garbage guy’ walks 12 miles a day around D.C. picking up trash: ‘I’ll pick up pretty much anything.’ | Sydney Page | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from dutifully sorting soda bottles, plastic bags and yogurt cups from the rest of the garbage.Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills | Maria Temming | January 27, 2021 | Science News
Separating food waste from your garbage can mean more space at the landfill, so governments won’t have to spend money and land on a new one.Environment Report: Local Farms Want Your Table Scraps | MacKenzie Elmer | January 25, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
So, if someone’s in a restaurant with me, and they eat a hamburger and they only eat half of it, I, in principle, will eat it, because it’s going to go in the garbage.
Don’t attempt to burn or bury it, either, as food waste and garbage is more difficult to burn than you think, and fire pits are one of the first areas wildlife investigate.Once you know what happens to food you leave outdoors, you’ll stop doing it | Alisha McDarris | January 14, 2021 | Popular-Science
“Angry Birds is a small fun game plus a lot of pointless garbage,” Smith tells me.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“At worst, Eric picked up a garbage can, was told by police to put it down, and did,” his lawyer, Martin Stoler, insisted.
Brabner talked about the “MTV people” coming to Cleveland to get pictures of Pekar emptying the garbage and going bowling.
The kid moved again, slowly across the parking lot to the garbage bin.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart | Pete Dexter | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then he took the chicken and walked over to his spot near the garbage and sat down to eat it.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart | Pete Dexter | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Above all, the doctor—the doctor and the purulent trash and garbage of his pharmacopoeia!The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
Foiled in this attempt they began to pelt them with garbage, so that soon their white robes were stained and filthy.Fair Margaret | H. Rider Haggard
He would give me such words as "combustion," "garbage disposal," "bonded indebtedness" and so on.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
The pigsties have no more smell than the stables, because the manure is removed, and no garbage is allowed to accumulate.The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
He had a couple of dingy wash-boilers which he had picked up from the big garbage-dump near the race-track.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
British Dictionary definitions for garbage
worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
Also called: rubbish discarded or waste matter; refuse
computing invalid data
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