wasting

Definitions

  • 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
    • n wasting a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
    • n wasting any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste
    • a Wasting Causing waste; also, undergoing waste; diminishing; as, a wasting disease; a wasting fortune.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water in a minute
    • n wasting In medicine, atrophy.
    • n wasting In stone-cutting, the process or operation of chipping off fragments from a block of stone with a pick or point, for the purpose of reducing the faces to an approximately plane surface. Stone so worked is said to be wasted off. Compare clowring.
    • wasting Laying waste; devastating; despoiling.
    • wasting Gradually reducing the bodily plumpness and strength; enfeebling; emaciating: as, a wasting disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Energy is being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use
    • adj Wasting devastating: enfeebling—(Wasting investments, stocks redeemable on a certain date at a fixed price, for which a premium above the redemption price is paid)
    • ns Wasting devastation
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Quotations

  • Corey Ford
    Corey Ford
    “She learned to say things with her eyes that others waste time putting into words”
  • Dale Carnegie
    Dale%20Carnegie
    “Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    Henrik%20Ibsen
    “People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.”
  • C. D. Andrews
    C. D. Andrews
    “You lived too long, we have supped full with heroes, they waste their deaths on us.”
  • Georges Courteline
    Georges Courteline
    “It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.”

Idioms

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.
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Lay waste - To lay waste to something is to destroy it.
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Waste not, want not - If you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking.
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Waste of skin - If a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Priceless second by second, so wastes the afternoon.
"The March Family Trilogy, Complete" by William Dean Howells
And beyond them lay the desert, the empty, sunlit waste.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
Probably it was the best thing he could do, in that awful waste of water.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
I waste your hours ashore By such ill-timed confessions!
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
Your journey need not be entirely wasted.
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Weak wasting hand on mine.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
But oh, waste of care!
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Are you sure it is not we who waste our lives?
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A man in this position, guided by reason, would in all probability have wasted precious time in trying to arrive at the right decision.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
The employers didn't allow a single speck for waste.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Another warned me that I was wasting my best years in the hamlet.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
It would seem so prosaic and such a waste, of moonlight, not to.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
As this condition is not only harmful but wasteful, it is one that should receive proper consideration from the housewife.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Thou wast speaking to a stranger when I summoned thee to the gondola?
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Let's waste no time in trying to make friends or in seeking to attach ourselves to others.
"Think" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Every thing which cuts off wastefulness of time becomes a weapon with which to fight perplexities.
"Seed Thoughts for Singers" by Frank Herbert Tubbs
Thou wast my earlier friend!
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
If it is missing, the body will gradually waste away.
"The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society" by Upton Sinclair
What a waste of his manhood and of his intellect!
"The Stronger Influence" by F.E. Mills Young
He had wasted one important tango while Alice poured out her woes.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

But here I am, and the curse is on,
And my life is a waste of woe,
And ere one river of tears is gone,
O, another torrent begins to flow.
"Discontent" by Freeman Edwin Miller
Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep,
Watch did Thine anxious servants keep
But Thou wast wrapped in guileless sleep,
Calm and still.
"Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep" by Godfrey Thring
O, then, Thy spirit, Lord, anew
Enkindles strength in sleeping men;
It falls as falls the evening dew,
And life's sad waste repairs again.
"Sleep" by John Bowring
So thou, O Mary, years on years,
From child-birth to the cross,
Wast filled with yearnings, filled with fears,
Keen sense of love and loss.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Disease around her couch
Long held a tyrant sway,
Till vanished from her cheek, the rose,
And the fair flesh like vernal snows
Wasted away.
"Mrs. Alice Beckwith," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Thou wast a sinner, thou poor man!
Thou wast athirst, and didst not see
That, though we take what we desire,
We must not snatch it eagerly.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

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.
A deer in the later stages of chronic wasting disease .
Deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease .
Missouri conservation officials are issuing special seals to landowners to help manage chronic wasting disease in the state's deer herd during hunting season.
New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is issuing emergency regulations after discovering Chronic Wasting Disease in a Pennsylvania deer.
First-ever case of Chronic Wasting Disease in PA found in midstate.
Chronic wasting disease found.
ST PAUL — A 500-deer farm in Ramsey County is under quarantine, after chronic wasting disease was detected in a red deer.
Deer with chronic wasting disease was from north, DNR says.
The riddle of chronic wasting disease continues.
Independent from radioactive-waste producers and placed under the supervision of the Ministries for Energy, the Environment and Research, Andra is in charge of ensuring the sustainable management of all French radioactive waste .
There is a wide road between wasting time in productivity and wasting time in life.
Nanni says, "It's actually a waste of water to rinse your dishes, and if you're using hot water, a waste of energy, too.".
Sandia National Laboratories on Wednesday shipped its final four truckloads of radioactive legacy waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
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In science:

It could be heated using waste heat from the instrumentation, resulting in its humidity falling below the saturation point.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Looking carefully into the analysis, we see that this protocol is actually wasting random bits in the following sense: in each round it uses log n fresh random bits, but if Eve has to answer a challenge, her success probability only goes down by a factor of 2−c for some constant c > 1.
On the Problem of Local Randomness in Privacy Amplification with an Active Adversary
The waste may be consider as an unnecessary slowdown of the RNG: if the RNG can generate 1 bit in 1µs, then, after the example procedure, the rate has decreased to 1.6µs per bit.
Bit recycling for scaling random number generators
The only wasted bits are related to the fact that the algorithm is throwing away the mathematical stream B .
Bit recycling for scaling random number generators
Indeed, in the numerical experiments we found out that the following algorithm wastes ∼ 30 input bits on a total of ∼ 109 input bits (!) this is comparable to the entropy of the internal state (and may also be due to numerical error in adding up log2 () values).
Bit recycling for scaling random number generators
Besides, a large number of competitors have to waste considerable resources for these contests which, of course, have to be paid by someone.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
It seems na¨ıve to believe that this would not waste resources.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
This process leads to a degradation of the chaotic behavior of the generator and a lot of time wasted during computations .
Improving random number generators by chaotic iterations. Application in data hiding
Also, since most fields include none or only a few additional O stars within ∼ 10′ of the primary target, the use of a fiber spectrograph would be a waste of resources and a complication for harmonizing the data from different observatories.
The Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey. I. Classification System and Bright Northern Stars in the Blue-Violet at R~2500
It has been observed that, in order to minimize wasteful surface conflicts and queues, the optimal full-state feedback policy relies on aircraft position information to avoid conflicts, maximize runway utilization, and balance and coordinate ramp taxi clearances.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Overestimation for the worst case assumption can be wasteful, leading to high computation complexity, decoding delay, and memory overheads.
Localized Dimension Growth in Random Network Coding: A Convolutional Approach
Also, while doing so, focus should be on lowcomplexity schemes so that the energy savings acquired are not wasted in an increased need for processing power.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
There is also a numerical slowing down as we approach the singularity, but it is globally less important than with the iterative approach, because none of the generated data is wasted.
A critical look at the role of the bare parameters in the renormalization of Phi-derivable approximations
The boundaries were set to be periodic (i.e. a torus) so that computational time was not wasted because a particle randomly leaves the grid and must be thrown away.
Quantum Diffusion-Limited Aggregation
Significant variation after adjusting for differences in patient populations indicates over- or under-use of the procedure, leading to poor patient outcomes and/or wasted resources.
Misspecifying the Shape of a Random Effects Distribution: Why Getting It Wrong May Not Matter
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