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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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Thousands of the crop-eating bugs - which have already laid waste to huge areas of nearby North Africa - have already turned up on the islands, which are a favourite with British winter sun-seekers.
At stake is a $200m aid package for redevelopment in the wake of the 27-year civil war that laid waste to transport, administrative and social infrastructure.
24) that the enemies of Israel will be laid waste (v.
A drunken man who 'laid waste' to a Birmingham bar during a revenge attack after being thrown out by bouncers has been jailed for 22 months at the city's Crown Court.
Newcomer mentality and greed laid waste to these seemingly endless forests to make way for agriculture and settlements and to feed the logging boom of the 1800s.
In rapid-fire succession, the collapse of NASDAQ, the 2001 recession, the evaporation of hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of corporate earnings, and the spectacular swing to deficit from surplus for federal and state governments laid waste to this brave new world.
Smothering smoke The fires that swept through Indonesian rain forests late in 1997 seemed to have laid waste to some of the region's marine ecosystems (164: 158).
Damaged and laid waste by conquerors through the years, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was rebuilt over the foundations of Helena's basilica in 1149 by the Crusaders, and that is the one we see today.
As the artist quotes Michel de Certeau on the '68 riots, the footage cuts to a still image of a European police car being laid waste by angry teens.
Machu Picchu is being unbuilt - though no one knows exactly what it was like before being laid waste by earthquake and jungle.
Forty years ago, in The Death and Life of the Great American Cities, the great Jane Jacobs laid waste to the idea that a town or city can be built like a machine.
Would he care to enlarge on the marvelous invention with which he laid waste to the NFL?