wasting

[ wey-sting ]
/ ˈweɪ stɪŋ /

adjective

gradually reducing the fullness and strength of the body: a wasting disease.
laying waste; devastating; despoiling: the ravages of a wasting war.

noun

Geology. mass wasting.

Origin of wasting

1200–50; Middle English; see waste, -ing2, ing1

Related forms

wast·ing·ly, adverbwast·ing·ness, nounnon·wast·ing, adjective, noun

Definition for wasting (2 of 2)

Origin of waste

1150–1200; 1960–65 for def 6; (adj.) Middle English < Old North French wast (Old French g(u)ast) < Latin vāstus desolate; (v.) Middle English < Old North French waster (Old French g(u)aster) < Latin vāstāre, derivative of vāstus; (noun) Middle English < Old North French wast(e) (Old French g(u)aste), partly < Latin vāstum, noun use of neuter of vāstus, partly derivative of waster; Old North French w-, Old French gu- by influence of cognate with Frankish *wōsti desolate (cognate with Old High German wuosti)

Related forms

wast·a·ble, adjectivewaste·less, adjectiveout·waste, verb (used with object), out·wast·ed, out·wast·ing.un·wast·a·ble, adjective

Can be confused

waist waste

Synonym study

19. See desert1. 36. See ravage.
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British Dictionary definitions for wasting (1 of 2)

wasting

/ (ˈweɪstɪŋ) /

adjective

(prenominal) reducing the vitality, strength, or robustness of the bodya wasting disease

Derived Forms

wastingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for wasting (2 of 2)

waste

/ (weɪst) /

verb


noun

adjective

Derived Forms

wastable, adjective

Word Origin for waste

C13: from Anglo-French waster, from Latin vastāre to lay waste, from vastus empty
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Medicine definitions for wasting (1 of 2)

wasting

[ wāstĭng ]

adj.

Gradually deteriorating; declining.
Sapping the strength or substance of the body, as a disease; emaciating.

n.

Emaciation.

Medicine definitions for wasting (2 of 2)

waste

[ wāst ]

v.

To gradually lose energy, strength, or bodily substance, as from disease.

n.

The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
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Science definitions for wasting

waste

[ wāst ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with wasting

waste

In addition to the idioms beginning with waste

  • waste away
  • waste not, want not
  • waste one's breath

also see:

  • go to waste
  • haste makes waste
  • lay waste

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