• WordNet 3.6
    • n garbage a receptacle where waste can be discarded "she tossed the moldy bread into the garbage"
    • n garbage a worthless message
    • n garbage food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, an American makes three pounds of garbage in a day
    • n Garbage Offal, as the bowels of an animal or fish; refuse animal or vegetable matter from a kitchen; hence, anything worthless, disgusting, or loathsome.
    • v. t Garbage To strip of the bowels; to clean. "Pilchards . . . are garbaged ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans are responsible for generating roughly 20% percent of the garbage in the world
    • n garbage Originally, the entrails of fowls, and afterward of any animal; now, offal or refuse organic matter in general; especially, the refuse animal and vegetable matter from a kitchen.
    • n garbage Hence Any worthless, offensive matter.
    • garbage To eviscerate; disembowel; gut; clean by removing the entrails of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 100,000 birds and sea animals are killed every year due to plastic garbage
    • n Garbage gär′bāj refuse, as the bowels of an animal: any worthless matter.
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  • Tom Fatjo
    Tom Fatjo
    “I remember committing myself to make it in the garbage business, whatever it takes!”
  • Walt Whitman
    “This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.”
  • Woody Allen
    “In Beverly Hills... they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows.”
  • Frank Dane
    “Remember when $25, 000 was a success? Now it is a garbage collector.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “My wife is always trying to get rid of me. The other day she told me to put the garbage out. I said to her I already did. She told me to go and keep an eye on it.”
  • Guy Debord
    Guy Debord
    “Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.”


Garbage fee - A garbage fee is a charge that has no value and doesn't provide any real service.
Garbage in, garbage out - If a computer system or database is built badly, then the results will be bad.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. also garbash, perh. orig., that which is purged or cleansed away; cf. OF. garber, to make fine, neat, OHG. garawan, to make ready, prepare, akin to E. garb, dress; or perh. for garbleage, fr. garble,; or cf. OF. garbage, tax on sheaves, E. garb, sheaf
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Of doubtful origin; prob. O. Fr. garbe, a sheaf; not conn. with garble.


In literature:

She turned down the dark alley from which she had seen the girl emerge, stumbling over heaps of garbage.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Might as well throw it in the garbage pail.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
If you live in the city the garbage man will collect all waste.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Were they being pelted with garbage?
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Tell how her community cares for its garbage.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
On the seawind came smells of rotting garbage and thyme burning in hearths and jessamine flowers.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Garbage for filling low ground, 37.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
Describe the method used in his community in disposing of garbage.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The truck was a garbage lorry.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Miss Jane Addams of Hull House was appointed garbage inspector of the nineteenth ward of Chicago by Mayor George B.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various

In poetry:

Thou who bangest garbage cans
In the hollow court,
Thou whose children spin tin pans
Deeming it is sport--
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I have to go to bed and hear
Pianos pounding in my ear,
And hear the janitor cavort
With garbage cans within the court.
"A New York Child's Garden Of Verses" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Do they no more in mundane mire
For golden garbage scramble?
Or, but companioned with the lyre,
Up twisting Anio ramble?
"The Reply Of Q. Horatius Flaccus To A Roman "Round-Robin"" by Alfred Austin
Of graveyard weather, vapors of a fen
…….We reckon through our pores.
…….Save for the garbage men,
Our children are the first ones out of doors.
"Curriculum Vitae" by Anthony Hecht
Before the Fall, when we were beautiful
And shameless, and untouched by memory:
Before we were driven out to the laboring world
Of the money and the garbage and the kids
"Reading Pornography in Old Age" by Howard Nemerov
I stand on top
of our back steps and breathe the rich air—
a mother skunk with her column of kittens swills the garbage pail.
She jabs her wedge-head in a cup
of sour cream, drops her ostrich tail,
and will not scare.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

In news:

The driver of a garbage truck that struck a wire causing a utility pole and transformer near Hunterdon Medical Center to be pulled down was charged with careless driving.
Garbage truck …let's vote.
Surveillance video from Cleanscapes garbage truck shows driver Jeff Blackburn as he races to grab a baby in a wayward stroller in Queen Anne, May 31, 2012.
A quick-thinking Seattle garbage truck driver helped rescue a baby in a runaway stroller.
Garbage truck driver saves baby in runaway stroller.
A garbage truck driver is accused of falling asleep at the wheel and plowing into a row of cars on the Lower East Side.
Bike rider dies in accident with garbage truck .
Hutchinson police say a man riding a bicycle has died after he was run over by a garbage truck .
Garbage truck crashes into downtown Little Rock skywalk.
Man who fell from garbage truck in critical condition.
A man was killed when he collided head-on with a garbage truck in Lake County.
A garbage truck headed to pick up trash at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station set off an electronic explosive detector Thursday afternoon, sparking a bomb scare at the underground installation that's designed to survive a nuclear blast.
Discussions regarding the condition of the town's current garbage truck have been addressed at recent Terry Town Council meetings, including last week's regular meeting.
Monette receives new garbage truck .
Monette's new garbage truck was on the job earlier this week and could be seen making the rounds throughout the city.

In science:

They probabilistically analyze the number of invalid pages freed by garbage collection, assuming that it reaches a steady state with constant expected value.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
The number of valid pages in a block chosen for garbage collection is binomially distributed due to the random nature of the write requests.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
The steady-state number of In-Use LBAs was used to compute the level of effective overprovisioning, which allowed for the adaptation of previous non-Trim models to compute write amplification under a log-structured file system utilizing greedy garbage collection.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
We need ways to manage memory better than the compiler currently does either by using other garbage collection schemes or by performing some kind of manual memory management.
The Paraldor Project
Experiments showed that the bulk of the time reported is spent in garbage collection, indicating the present implementation is space-bound, not time-bound; a more efficient implementation of our current prototype is expected to substantially reduce the runtime.
Certainty Closure: Reliable Constraint Reasoning with Incomplete or Erroneous Data