• WordNet 3.6
    • v junk dispose of (something useless or old) "trash these old chairs","junk an old car","scrap your old computer"
    • n junk any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails
    • n junk the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roughly 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened
    • n Junk jŭṉk A fragment of any solid substance; a thick piece. See Chunk.
    • n Junk (Naut) A large vessel, without keel or prominent stem, and with huge masts in one piece, used by the Chinese, Japanese, Siamese, Malays, etc., in navigating their waters.
    • Junk (Naut) Hard salted beef supplied to ships.
    • Junk Old iron, or other metal, glass, paper, etc., bought and sold by junk dealers.
    • Junk Pieces of old cable or old cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.
    • Junk Something worthless, or only worth its value as recyclable scrap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include "smack," "H," "skag," and "junk." Other names may refer to types of heroin produced in a specific geographical area, such as "Mexican black tar."
    • n junk A rush; a reed.
    • n junk Nautical, old or condemned cable and cordage cut into small pieces, used when untwisted for making points, gaskets, swabs, mats, etc., and picked into fibers to make oakum for calking seams.
    • n junk Hence Worn-out and discarded material in general that may be turned to some use; especially, old rope, chain, iron, copper, parts of machinery, and bottles, gathered or bought up by tradesmen called junk-dealers; hence, rubbish- of any kind; odds and ends.
    • n junk Salt beef or pork supplied to vessels for long voyages: so called from its resemblance in toughness to old ropes' ends.
    • n junk The mass of blubbery and cellular tissue which fills the cavity of the head of the sperm-whale between the case and the white-horse, containing oil and spermaceti.
    • n junk A thick piece; a. lump; a chunk.
    • n junk A large sea-going sailing vessel used in the Chinese seas. It has a flat bottom, a square prow, and high full stern, from one to five heavy masts carrying lug-sails, sometimes made of matting, and a huge rudder, which at sea is lowered below the bottom. The name is also given to the larger-sized river-craft of China.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Junk jungk a Chinese vessel, with high forecastle and poop, sometimes large and three-masted.
    • n Junk jungk pieces of old cordage, used for making mats, &c., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for the seams of ships: salt meat supplied to vessels for long voyages, so called because it becomes as hard as old rope
    • n Junk jungk a thick piece, chunk.
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  • William S. Burroughs
    “Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “I don't eat junk foods and I don't think junk thoughts.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Junk is something you keep for years and then throw out two weeks before you need it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. junco, junk, rush, L. juncus, a bulrush, of which ropes were made in early ages. Cf. Junket
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Nice, fresh odds and ends may be bought by the wholesale at any first-class junk shop.
"Skiddoo!" by Hugh McHugh
Jardine and Bangs are dead, and the ship's nothing but a pile of junk.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
Down the side street went the junk wagon, with Mun Bun on it.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
If you'll look about amongst the junk I've got in my back-yard you may find one or two lying about.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Yet six days in the week he went on long trips and brought back heavy loads of junk.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
So Kwong and his son made their way down the Yangtzse, floating down river on a stately junk with ragged matting sails.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
Like the junk handed out at drug-stores.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
I ought to have some junk we can soak.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Fairchild went to a junk yard or two, searching for the materials which Harry had ordered, and failed to find them.
"The Cross-Cut" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
I'd rather have some salt junk on board the ship.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood

In poetry:

Hating king and monk,
The classes and the mass,
We chartered an old junk
"False Nightmare" by Allen Tate
Mast-fringed Hooghly
And junk-thronged Praya,
And mat-thatched hamlets
Of far Malaya:
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
He liked his ship at sea,
He loved the salt sea-water,
He worshipped junk, and he
Adored the First Lord's daughter.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
REGION of damper and junk and tea,
Region of pastures wide!
The fairest spots in the world to me
Are out on the Lachlan Side.
"Lachlan Side" by Henry Lawson
Follow the Romany patteran
West to the sinking sun,
Till the junk-sails lift through the houseless drift.
And the east and west are one.
"The Gipsy Trail" by Rudyard Kipling
To the Port of a thousand Stenches
Came a Chinese junk one day
They'd sailed all the way from Suckitan Bay
That's an island off Houndsditch Way.
"The Street Of A Thousand Lanterns 1934" by Billy Bennett

In news:

If it ain't a check, it's junk mail .
Eric Stewart calls US Rep Scott DesJarlais taxpayer-funded " Junk Mail King".
How can I reduce the junk mail my elderly mother gets.
She gets around 25 pieces of junk mail each day, and I just discovered that she's given away nearly $2,000 over the past year to many of the sleazy groups that mail her this junk.
Miami Heat pique Junk Mail 's interest.
Junk Mail talks Lakers, Tebow, WWE.
We need more junk mail .
New Postal Service program could mean more junk mail .
Zinnia's so-called life - or, how an imaginary girl got a lot of junk mail .
Post Office's Rescue Plan: Junk Mail .
Well, if you feel like you're drowning in junk mail , there is hope.
Opting out of junk mail .
Sick of all those credit card offers and junk mail .
COMMENT — Soon after you came back from maternity leave, I left you a voice mail asking if you knew how to stop junk mail and may not have been clear what I wanted or you wer.

In science:

The reason for this is that the mass and nondimensional spin parameter of the BH evaluated at the AH quickly (in our simulations, within ∼ 1 ms) relax to MBH and a, defined at spatial infinity, respectively, as the BH absorbs the junk radiation in the vicinity of the BH [49, 50].
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
Junk, “Confidence level computation for combining searches with small statistics”, Nucl.
Combined search for the quarks of a sequential fourth generation
The name f0 (400 − 1200) of the PDG looks like a name for a “junk entry”, usually used for a collection of miscellaneous peaks, bumps or resonances seen by various groups, which are questionable and noone understands.
Summary talk at the conference on the sigma resonance
Thus filling the conditions i. and ii. in a. will have in general a complex J fulfilling the conditions in a. will contain a lot of ”junk” in the lower left end, and thus similarly the transformed complex FE (V ),min (J ) contains a lot of ”junk”.
Describing coherent sheaves on projective spaces via Koszul duality
Still other parts of the DNA are believed to play a role in determining the structural properties of the chromosomes. (However, many people tend to consider these non-coding parts simply as “junk DNA”.) There are also many gene duplications in the genome.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics