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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Waste \Waste\, a. [OE. wast, OF. wast, from L. vastus, influenced by the kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosti, G. w["u]st, OS. w?sti, D. woest, AS. w[=e]ste. Cf. Vast.] [1913 Webster] 1. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless. [1913 Webster] The dismal situation waste and wild. --Milton. [1913 Webster] His heart became appalled as he gazed forward into the waste darkness of futurity. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper. [1913 Webster] But his waste words returned to him in vain. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Not a waste or needless sound, Till we come to holier ground. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Ill day which made this beauty waste. --Emerson. [1913 Webster] 3. Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous. [1913 Webster] And strangled with her waste fertility. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Waste gate, a gate by which the superfluous water of a reservoir, or the like, is discharged. Waste paper. See under Paper. Waste pipe, a pipe for carrying off waste, or superfluous, water or other fluids. Specifically: (a) (Steam Boilers) An escape pipe. See under Escape. (b) (Plumbing) The outlet pipe at the bottom of a bowl, tub, sink, or the like. Waste steam. (a) Steam which escapes the air. (b) Exhaust steam. Waste trap, a trap for a waste pipe, as of a sink. [1913 Webster]