waste matter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waste matter any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted "they collect the waste once a week","much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
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Quotations

  • Aesop
    Aesop
    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
  • David Bissonette
    David Bissonette
    “I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry. That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste.”

Usage

In literature:

No matter that he had wasted the best part of his life in a vain hunt for gold.
"The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle" by Laura Lee Hope
No matter how cheap our land may be, we can not afford to waste our labor.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
But on a matter like that, he felt, he could now waste no time.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Maybe fewer waste-sheets will be published; but the matter printed will be more attentively read and more appreciated.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
So that it did not matter what expression he assumed, it was all wasted on Belinda.
"Adventures in Toyland" by Edith King Hall
Those bricks were its waste matter.
"A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Mrs. Reed never had any time to waste on such trifling matters.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
If a poor stone is used, too much waste matter must be handled.
"Right Use of Lime in Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
I am so eager about the matter, that I could not bear to waste the time.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
These matters continually waste in yielding this gas, and must be supplied anew.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
All this excess must, therefore, be rejected by the body, and, as nutritive matter, for the time be wasted.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Erect barriers of triviality, and it would waste its substance upon trivial matters.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The lungs also excrete a large proportion of waste matter from the system.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Kosciuszko rapidly acquitted himself of a task that was no easy matter in that waste of forest and marsh.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
But why waste any more time upon immaterial matters, particularly as we see that the suggestions of the rabbis are not at all wise?
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
That's putting it baldly; but we've no time to waste mincing matters.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
These glands, since they contain waste matter, could not possibly yield food for the young.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
And, if it come to the worst, what does it matter if there is a certain amount of work wasted?
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
The more time we need, the more we waste it on matters that are really unimportant.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
So it mattered little if the old wreck wasted a few hundreds more on the pleasures he was capable of getting.
"The Man Who Wins" by Robert Herrick
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In poetry:

Oh boys too, as a matter of fact,
and cigarettes and cars.
Mother frowned at my wasted life.
My father smoked cigars.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
Outside 'twere better!--Yes, I yearn
To walk the waste where sway and dip
The dark December boughs--where burn
Some late last leaves, that drip and drip
No matter where you turn.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Depend on't, ther's nowt tends to mak life as jolly,
As just to mak th' best ov what falls to yor lot;
For freeatin at best is a waste an a folly,
An it nivver will help to mend matters a jot.
"Mak th' Best Ont" by John Hartley
That errand-bound 'Prentice was passing in haste--
What matter! he's caught--and his time runs to waste;
The Newsman is stopped, though he stops on the fret;
And the half-breathless Lamplighter--he's in the net!
"Power Of Music" by William Wordsworth
Whether I love you? You do not ask,
Nor waste yourself on the thankless task.
I give your kisses at least return,
What matter whether they freeze or burn.
I feel the strength of your fervent arms,
What matter whether it heals or harms.
"The Teak Forest" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Obviously, human beings are any war's most appalling casualties, but there are cultural conflagrations that matter, too—vital spaces laid waste, lost forever.
The Orange County Commissioners last week declined to take Eubanks Road off the list of potential sites for a solid waste transfer station, but they hinted that they may do so when they take the matter up again next month.
It seems that, presumably, the steam that is formed from the 'cooking' of the organic matter in the bag of garbage (it was mostly food waste) produces steam, causing the 'fountaining' reaction.
Lawyers for man accused of sexual battery on LSU fan: Mind-boggling energy being wasted on the matter.
The animals appear to be fairly healthy, but were living among waste matter and rats.
The arteries and veins carry blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues and taking away tissue waste matter.
Most of the time these days, when I scour the "media" looking for a sign of hope about mankind, I inevitably trip over a discouraging spew of waste matter passing as news of importance.
He said animal waste should make up no more than 10 percent of the compost pile, with the rest comprising other organic matter such as leaves, food waste, brush and finished compost .
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted".
A research team in Singapore has used plant waste matter from palm oil extraction to make a useful sugar.
Palm oil extraction is responsible for more than 13 million tons of waste plant matter each year.
Pennsylvania deer have been spared Chronic Wasting Disease, but biologists say it's a matter of "when" not "if" it enters the state.
Obviously these matters are in King 's wheelhouse, as it were, and she wasted no time in getting down to business after a lively introduction from Dunn.
No time is wasted in a workout and rarely if ever do you break a sweat, no matter how hard you work.
Of rubber from a nearby pile of shredded car parts known as "auto fluff," of rotting organic matter from a heap of food and yard waste called "solidification," and of feces from sewage sludge.
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