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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wasteness \Waste"ness\, n. 1. The quality or state of being waste; a desolate state or condition; desolation. [1913 Webster] A day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness. --Zeph. i. 15. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is waste; a desert; a waste. [R.] [1913 Webster] Through woods and wasteness wide him daily sought. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]