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waster

Syllabification: wast·er
Pronunciation: /ˈwāstər
 
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Definition of waster in English:

noun

1A wasteful person or thing: you are a great waster of time
More example sentences
  • While motorists are prime examples of fuel wasters, they also consume 50.2 percent of the country's total fuel consumption, making them the largest consumer segment compared to households and industries.
  • This year Las Vegas entered what it calls drought alert, meaning tight restrictions on water use for residents and businesses and heavy fines for water wasters.
  • The biggest wasters of household power, desktop and laptop computers, add $30 to an annual power bill when left on standby.
1.1 informal A person who does little or nothing of value.
Example sentences
  • Academics were wasters and parasites back then too.
  • ‘I wasn't looked upon as being a layabout or a waster,’ he said.
  • For all their fresh financial backing this season, their team of wasters has completely squandered the best opportunity they'll ever have of getting into a Champions League final.
1.2A discarded piece of defective pottery.
Example sentences
  • In 1987, excavations in the Calle Pureza in Triana, the pottery district of Seville, brought to light a collapsed kiln full of pottery wasters.
  • Paul Woodfield says a pre-construction geophysics survey revealed nothing, so no prior excavation was required; the sherds, with large quantities of kiln wasters, were unstratified.
  • The Hoi An treasure almost certainly originated specifically at a pottery in or near the hamlet of Chu Dau, where wasters of rice bowls identical to those from the wreck have been unearthed.

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