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Define waste?

Asked by _zen_ (7804 points ) August 5th, 2011

Fluther automatically adds the question mark – it should have been: define waste. As in, how do you define waste?

Either the term itself, or waste in general.

What do you consider wasteful, besides the proverbial mind.

That’s the second time today I’ve used the term proverbial – I wonder what that means. I am going to check out Proverbs just in case it’s a sign from above.

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Waste is that which the “proverbial” Alchemist converts to value.

sophiesword's avatar

something that is of no use and cannot provide me with any benefit and usually it is something I will most definitely discard.Waste may also be something that is superfluous.
But then again it can also be something else, depends really.

josie's avatar

Anything left over after not being utilized to its maximum usable potential

Lightlyseared's avatar

Unwanted byproduct of a process.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Years gone by not used properly, not achieving anything.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Waste pronounced wass tay is the diminutive form of Wastelakapi meaning beloved in Lakota.

YARNLADY's avatar

To waste something is to not get the full value out of it, whether it be time or goods.

Bodily waste is the part of our food that is not utilized by our body, but probably is valuable in some part of our environment, such as fertilizer or medicine (horse urine = Premarin).

boffin's avatar

Define Waste?

I can introduce you to my ex-wife

gailcalled's avatar

Here’s how Shakespeare used it:

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

_zen_'s avatar

Always nice to have a little Bard in the yard.

ratboy's avatar

Gosh @gailcalled, NSFW please.

LostInParadise's avatar

Waste has to be defined relative to the producer of it. Oxygen is a waste product of photosynthesis.

benthambi's avatar

Waste is a thing of no use to a particular person only. For example pillow is waste for a cardiac patient whereas it is useful to others. Waste paper from an office can be used as a packing material in other office.

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