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waste

 [wāst]
1. gradual loss, decay, or diminution of bulk.
2. material that is unfit for further use within the organism.
3. to gradually deteriorate.

waste

(wāst)
v.
To gradually lose energy, strength, or bodily substance, as from disease.
n.
The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.

waste

Environment adjective Relating to materials that are discarded or disposed of–eg, waste water noun Materials that are discarded or disposed–eg, biohazardous, hazardous, and regulated waste Medicine verb To become emaciated, to lose body mass, as occurs in terminal stages of progressive disease–eg, AIDS or cancer
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He has been sculpted from the spare rib of a world laid to waste by America's foreign policy: its gunboat diplomacy, its nuclear arsenal, its vulgarly stated policy of "full spectrum dominance," its chilling disregard for non-American lives, its barbarous military interventions, its support for despotic and dictatorial regimes, its merciless economic agenda that has munched through the economies of poor countries like a cloud of locusts, its marauding multinationals that are taking over the air we breathe, the ground we stand on, the water we drink, the thoughts we think.
There is growing evidence that the trawlers may not only have scooped up all the fish but also laid to waste the entire seafloor environment those fish required to survive.
I packed up my equipment in despair and retired for the night, convinced that all my months of planning had been laid to waste by what was probably a 19-cent gear.
The city is laid to waste by the firepower meant to save it.
The Jewish Holocaust laid to waste any pretense of world Christendom.
During the process, vast tracts of land have been strip-mined and laid to waste. In 1970 the company, alarmed by the size of its growing quarries, embarked on a rehabilitation project and employed Dr Rene Haller to run it.
Before that occurred, though, careers were laid to waste, reputations were needlessly ruined.
By the end the most elite circles are laid to waste, leaving only the author standing.
The Batang Pier fought to be in this spot-four wins, six losses-after a promising start was nearly laid to waste by six straight losses.
But the fact remains, generations of jobs and hard work will be laid to waste over night, if Congress fails to act.
laid to waste Ratan, where boat is surrounded by rubbish
All his week's work laid to waste after 30 seconds.