nounchiefly North American
- 1Wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household.More example sentences
- With the exploding populace of the cities and its suburbs, household garbage and refuse is posing a serious threat.
- These people have never complied with a single edict about the proper disposal of household garbage.
- Eliminate sources of food, such as garbage or outdoor pet food dishes that attract stray cats.
- 1.1A thing that is considered worthless or meaningless: a store full of overpriced garbageMore example sentences
- I figured this idea was garbage, and that he was too much of an egomaniac to base his movies on anyone else's work but his.
- Try to copy a short-cut with a right click, and you'll get meaningless garbage.
- It took an awfully long time, though, and my computer is full of garbage.
- 1.2 Computing Unwanted data in a computer’s memory.More example sentences
- What will double is all the garbage we store on our computers, which is to say not much of real value.
- It wastes a portion of our lives to filter through the computer garbage.
- We ran Mailwasher Pro to filter out the garbage in the nine e-mail accounts we check from that workstation, then ran NEO.
garbage in, garbage out
- (abbreviation: GIGO) Used to express the idea that in computing and other spheres, incorrect or poor quality input will always produce faulty output.More example sentences
- First, the project suffered from GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.
- It's like they say about computers: garbage in, garbage out.
- Like most things in life, the rule is GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.
late Middle English (in the sense 'offal'): from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.