- wassily chair,
- wast water,
- waste away,
- waste disposal unit,
- waste gate,
- waste heat recovery,
- waste land, the
Origin of wasting
verb (used with object), wast·ed, wast·ing.
verb (used without object), wast·ed, wast·ing.
Origin of waste
Examples from the Web for wasting
She was once quoted as saying that she wanted to help all women who “are not wasting life being a housekeeper.”Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once you raised it, a massed army was wasting away, whether it fought or not, or whether it advanced, retreated, or stood still.
Wasting no time, the two of them clambered onto the desk, pushing aside the flag of the Soviet Union that covered it.
Drug companies are wasting millions of dollars in research on “female Viagra.”
I was dreading that moment, because there I was thinking I was wasting all of my money and I would have no more savings.
"I fear you are wasting your time, gentlemen," said Grell, stretching himself wearily.The Grell Mystery|Frank Froest
By means like these the Faculty try to prevent the wasting of time over unprofitable studies.The Teacher|George Herbert Palmer
However, there is no use in wasting words, and an hour will suffice me to get ready in.The Mistress of Bonaventure|Harold Bindloss
What the deuce did he come running down here for, wasting his time and my money.Mary Seaham, Volume 2 of 3|Elizabeth Caroline Grey
Do you see that sluggard, wasting this beautiful day in a lazy brouette?
- the useless products of metabolism
- indigestible food residue
- of or denoting the useless products of metabolism
- of or denoting indigestible food residue
Word Origin for waste
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.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with waste
- waste away
- waste not, want not
- waste one's breath
- go to waste
- haste makes waste
- lay waste