• Do not lose a chance of helping others; we never waste time when we are helping others
    Do not lose a chance of helping others; we never waste time when we are helping others
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wasteful laying waste "when wasteful war shall statues overturn"- Shakespeare"
    • adj wasteful inefficient in use of time and effort and materials "a clumsy and wasteful process","wasteful duplication of effort","uneconomical ebb and flow of power"
    • adj wasteful tending to squander and waste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water in a minute
    • Wasteful Expending, or tending to expend, property, or that which is valuable, in a needless or useless manner; lavish; prodigal; as, a wasteful person; a wasteful disposition.
    • Wasteful Full of waste; destructive to property; ruinous; as, wasteful practices or negligence; wasteful expenses.
    • Wasteful Waste; desolate; unoccupied; untilled. "In wilderness and wasteful desert strayed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Energy is being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use
    • wasteful Destructive; devastating; wasting.
    • wasteful Producing or involving waste; occasioning serious loss or damage; ruinous.
    • wasteful Extravagant or lavish; profuse to excess; prodigal; squandering: as, a wasteful person.
    • wasteful Uninhabited; desolate; waste.
    • wasteful Synonyms and
    • wasteful Thriftless, unthrifty.
    • wasteful Lavish, Profuse, etc. See extravagant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100-watt bulb for five hours
    • adj Wasteful full of waste: destructive: lavish:
    • adj Wasteful (Spens.) desolate
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.”
  • John Wanamaker
    John Wanamaker
    “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.”
  • Milton Berle
    Milton Berle
    “Committee--a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste.”
  • Georges Courteline
    Georges Courteline
    “It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.”


Haste makes waste - This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you're likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.
Lay waste - To lay waste to something is to destroy it.
Waste not, want not - If you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking.
Waste of skin - If a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. wast, gaste—L. vastus, waste; cf. A.S. wéste, Ger. wüst, desolate.


In literature:

For, you see, Carette was peculiarly circumstanced, and might have gone to waste but for her aunt Jeanne.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
I have been sorry, therefore, from the beginning, to see such time as Dr. Franklin's wasted on so hopeless a business.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
He had wasted his fury upon a dummy!
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
All that engages his attention without directly contributing to his aim is wasting time and energy.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
How can you waste time over such nonsense!
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
Broiled meat is more healthful and also less wasteful than any other form of cooked meat.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Is this a waste of fuel?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
This waste should be passed out from the body once every day and at the same time each day.
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
Sheer waste of energy to hunt for a needle in that haystack!
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
Sugar-house waste, spent hops, glue waste, etc, are hauled to a small extent.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Not a moment must be wasted, however.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
Don't waste any time looking for fat or yellow streaks in Mac.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
They scrambled down through the gap in the hedge, and ran breathlessly across the Waste.
"The Tree of Knowledge" by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
And Ha-gar took her boy and went to the waste lands of Beer-she-ba.
"Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading" by Josephine Pollard
Throw it into the waste-paper basket.
"Mrs. Thompson" by William Babington Maxwell
The whole earth would be a frozen, lifeless, silent waste in the midst of silent space.
"Curiosities of Heat" by Lyman B. Tefft
Cells give up wastes to blood and these wastes taken out of blood by kidneys and other glands and passed out of body.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
Large audiences were attracted in Victoria Park on Sunday afternoons, and on the Mile End Waste on mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
"The Great Acceptance" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Waste will take place.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
Usually the encroachments on the waste take place piecemeal.
"The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century" by Richard Henry Tawney

In poetry:

Sweet love! and wast thou angry then,
And did a lovely frown,
O'ershade that brow of whitest pearl,
That cheek of softest down?
"On Hearing That My Love Was Angry" by James Avis Bartley
O then what anguish he betray'd!
His shame how deep, how true!
He view'd the waste his rage had made,
And shudder'd at the view.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
OUT of the body for ever,
Wearily sobbing, “Oh, whither?”
A Soul that hath wasted its chances
Floats on the limitless ether.
"For Ever" by Henry Kendall
My heart dissolves with pangs unknown,
In groans I waste my breath;
Thy heavy hand has brought me down
Low as the dust of death.
"Psalm 22 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Where wast thou in that awful hour
When first the night-wind heard
The faint breath of the coming dawn,
And fled before the word?
"On Waking From A Dreamless Sleep" by Annie Adams Fields
'Twas Judas called the splendour waste,
'Twas Jesus said—Not so;
Said that her love his burial graced:
"Ye have the poor; I go."
"Mary" by George MacDonald

In news:

Massive Post-9/11 Surveillance Apparatus A "Waste".
Coal Mine Converts Waste Methane into Electricity.
Robert Griffin III learned early on he would start in the season opener, and he wasted no time taking charge of his team.
Zero layoffs, zero pay cuts, zero waste.
Is recycling waste just going into a landfill in China.
Game Commission to meet, discuss chronic wasting disease .
Wildlife officials will meet with landowners in southern Iowa to discuss plans to contain chronic wasting disease , which was found in an area deer this summer.
Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Seminar explores Chronic Wasting Disease .
If you head south to hunt deer, or if you just want to pick up information on the dreaded Chronic Wasting Disease , you may want to attend a seminar 7 tonight at the York Fairgounds.
Curtis Knaub of Conewago Township raises a question about the farm where a deer infected with chronic wasting disease was found during a public meeting Thursday at the York Expo Center.
Recycling Wasted Heat and Power Could Clear the Air .
If you're working out and trying to be healthier, you know the importance of not wasting your calories.
Red Wing should focus it's waste management resources on a serious "zero waste" program.
BEVERLY HILLS—Safely dispose of your household hazardous waste and E-Waste at this annual event.
We had nothing to waste, so I wasted nothing.

In science:

We claim that there exists a path system Q2 equivalent to Q1 such that Q2 intersects G(a′ − (n j−1 + 2l )) − G(a′ ) exactly in the a subset of at most w(d + t ) components of R, and, moreover, Q2 does not contain a wasteful path Q.
Finding topological subgraphs is fixed-parameter tractable
To see this, consider a wasteful path Q in Q1 and assume that D1 (Q) does not contain a vertex of Z .
Finding topological subgraphs is fixed-parameter tractable
Furthermore, if there exists a component Q′ intersecting D1 (Q), then Q′ must be wasteful and we violate the choice of Q to minimize D1 (Q).
Finding topological subgraphs is fixed-parameter tractable
We conclude, by rerouting Q through a subpath in the cycle Ca′−(n j−1+2l+w(d+t )) , we can find a path system equivalent to Q1 which satisfies the property that the intersection with the subgraph G(a′ − (n j−1 + 2l + w(d+ t ) − 1)) − G(a′ ) is contained in R and which has one less wasteful subpath than Q1 .
Finding topological subgraphs is fixed-parameter tractable
Therefore, the existence of Q implies the existence of a wasteful path, again a contradiction.
Finding topological subgraphs is fixed-parameter tractable
Note that CDMA (see Section 2.6.3) was, in some sense, wasteful for the interference network, since it allowed every receiver to decode every message, as if it were an X network.
Interference Mitigation in Large Random Wireless Networks
In this case, it seems rather wasteful to choose an N as large as NB to safe-guard against an unlikely scenario.
An algorithm to compute the power of Monte Carlo tests with guaranteed precision
Intuitively, that would be a waste of resource if t ≪ N .
Construction of Almost Disjunct Matrices for Group Testing
Both cone statistic random fields should be more powerful than the F-statistic random field since the F-statistic wastes power on alternatives that are outside the cone.
Detecting sparse cone alternatives for Gaussian random fields, with an application to fMRI
From the perspective of familywise error control, a rejection I ∈ X for which there is no J ∈ X ∩ H with J ⊂ I is a wasted rejection.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
A higher spectrum access threshold κk m will reduce the potential interference with primary users, but increase the chance of wasting transmission opportunities.
On Scalable Video Streaming over Cognitive Radio Cellular and Ad Hoc Networks
This could happen very soon with the K2K pro ject, the existence of two (similar to each other) LBL pro jects in the US and in Europe is seen by some as a beneficial case of scientific competition, and by others as a dangerous waste of resources.
Atmospheric neutrinos: phenomenological summary and outlook
The rare collision that produced the energetic atom will be “wasted”.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
The box volume is chosen to be larger than the excluded volume, but small enough to minimize the number of wasted trials.
Discrepancy between Monte-Carlo Results and Analytic Values for the Average Excluded Volume of Rectangular Prisms
As an operating facility the many permitting obstacles facing greenfield sites – construction, environmental, safety, waste rock disposal – have been addressed.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake