Waste vs. Waist - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Waste and Waist is that the Waste is a unwanted or unusable material and Waist is a body part.

Wikipedia

  • Waste

    Waste (or wastes) are unwanted or unusable materials. Waste is any substance which is discarded after primary use, or is worthless, defective and of no use. Examples include municipal solid waste (household trash/refuse), hazardous waste, wastewater (such as sewage, which contains bodily wastes (feces and urine) and surface runoff), radioactive waste, and others.

  • Waist

    The waist is the part of the abdomen between the rib cage and hips. On people with slim bodies, the waist is the narrowest part of the torso. The waistline refers to the horizontal line where the waist is narrowest, or to the general appearance of the waist.

Wiktionary

  • Waste (noun)

    Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.

  • Waste (noun)

    Excrement or urine.

    "The cage was littered with animal waste"

  • Waste (noun)

    A waste land; an uninhabited desolate region; a wilderness or desert.

  • Waste (noun)

    A place that has been laid waste or destroyed.

  • Waste (noun)

    A large tract of uncultivated land.

  • Waste (noun)

    The part of the land of a manor (of whatever size) not used for cultivation or grazing, nowadays treated as common land.

  • Waste (noun)

    A vast expanse of water.

  • Waste (noun)

    A disused mine or part of one.

  • Waste (noun)

    The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.

    "That was a waste of time"

    "Her life seemed a waste"

  • Waste (noun)

    Large abundance of something, specifically without it being used.

  • Waste (noun)

    Gradual loss or decay.

  • Waste (noun)

    A decaying of the body by disease; wasting away.

  • Waste (noun)

    Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters; See "to lay waste"

  • Waste (noun)

    A cause of action which may be brought by the owner of a future interest in property against the current owner of that property to prevent the current owner from degrading the value or character of the property, either intentionally or through neglect.

  • Waste (noun)

    Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Uncultivated, uninhabited.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Barren; desert.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Superfluous; needless.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Dismal; gloomy; cheerless.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Unfortunate; disappointing. en

  • Waste (verb)

    to devastate, destroy

  • Waste (verb)

    To squander (money or resources) uselessly; to spend (time) idly.

    "We wasted millions of dollars and several years on that project."

  • Waste (verb)

    To kill; to murder.

  • Waste (verb)

    To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.

  • Waste (verb)

    Gradually lose weight, weaken, become frail.

  • Waste (verb)

    To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value etc. gradually.

  • Waste (verb)

    To damage, impair, or injure (an estate, etc.) voluntarily, or by allowing the buildings, fences, etc., to fall into decay.

  • Waist (noun)

    The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.

  • Waist (noun)

    A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.

  • Waist (noun)

    The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).

  • Waist (noun)

    The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.

  • Waist (noun)

    That part of the upper deck of a ship between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.

  • Waist (noun)

    The middle part of anything.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Waste (verb)

    use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose

    "we can't afford to waste electricity"

    "I don't use the car, so why should I waste precious money on it?"

  • Waste (verb)

    expend on an unappreciative recipient

    "her small talk was wasted on this guest"

  • Waste (verb)

    fail to make full or good use of

    "we're wasted in this job"

  • Waste (verb)

    deliberately dispose of (surplus stock)

    "20% of stock will need to be wasted"

  • Waste (verb)

    (of a person or a part of the body) become progressively weaker and more emaciated

    "she was visibly wasting away"

  • Waste (verb)

    make progressively weaker and more emaciated

    "these symptoms wasted the patients very much"

  • Waste (verb)

    devastate or ruin (a place)

    "he seized their cattle and wasted their country"

  • Waste (verb)

    kill or severely injure (someone)

    "I saw them waste the guy I worked for"

  • Waste (verb)

    (of time) pass away

    "the years were wasting"

  • Waste (adjective)

    (of a material, substance, or by-product) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process

    "ensure that waste materials are disposed of responsibly"

    "plants produce oxygen as a waste product"

  • Waste (adjective)

    (of an area of land, typically an urban one) not used, cultivated, or built on

    "a patch of waste ground"

  • Waste (noun)

    an act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose

    "it's a waste of time trying to argue with him"

    "they had learned to avoid waste"

  • Waste (noun)

    the gradual loss or diminution of something

    "he was pale and weak from waste of blood"

  • Waste (noun)

    unwanted or unusable material, substances, or by-products

    "nuclear waste"

    "hazardous industrial wastes"

  • Waste (noun)

    a large area of barren, typically uninhabited land

    "the icy wastes of the Antarctic"

  • Waste (noun)

    damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, especially by a life tenant.

  • Waist (noun)

    the part of the human body below the ribs and above the hips, often narrower than the areas above and below

    "the last time you had a waist was around 1978"

    "he put an arm around her waist"

  • Waist (noun)

    the circumference of a person's waist

    "her waist has reduced from 35 to 28 inches"

  • Waist (noun)

    the part of a garment around or covering the waist

    "trousers with an elasticated waist"

  • Waist (noun)

    the point at which a garment is shaped so as to narrow between the ribcage and the hips

    "a jacket with a high waist"

  • Waist (noun)

    a narrow part in the middle of something, such as a violin or hourglass.

  • Waist (noun)

    the middle part of a ship, between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.

  • Waist (noun)

    a blouse or bodice.

Webster Dictionary

  • Waste (adjective)

    Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper.

  • Waste (adjective)

    Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous.

  • Waste

    To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.

  • Waste

    To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.

  • Waste

    To spend unnecessarily or carelessly; to employ prodigally; to expend without valuable result; to apply to useless purposes; to lavish vainly; to squander; to cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or injury.

  • Waste

    To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.

  • Waste (verb)

    To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less; - commonly used with away.

  • Waste (verb)

    To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; - said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.

  • Waste (noun)

    The act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or expenditure; devastation; loss without equivalent gain; gradual loss or decrease, by use, wear, or decay; as, a waste of property, time, labor, words, etc.

  • Waste (noun)

    That which is wasted or desolate; a devastated, uncultivated, or wild country; a deserted region; an unoccupied or unemployed space; a dreary void; a desert; a wilderness.

  • Waste (noun)

    That which is of no value; worthless remnants; refuse. Specifically: Remnants of cops, or other refuse resulting from the working of cotton, wool, hemp, and the like, used for wiping machinery, absorbing oil in the axle boxes of railway cars, etc.

  • Waste (noun)

    Spoil, destruction, or injury, done to houses, woods, fences, lands, etc., by a tenant for life or for years, to the prejudice of the heir, or of him in reversion or remainder.

  • Waste (noun)

    Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse.

  • Waste (noun)

    Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.

  • Waist (noun)

    That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the thorax and hips.

  • Waist (noun)

    Hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially (Naut.), that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc., which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the middle part of the ship.

  • Waist (noun)

    A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line.

  • Waist (noun)

    A girdle or belt for the waist.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Waste (noun)

    any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted;

    "they collect the waste once a week"

    "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"

  • Waste (noun)

    useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly;

    "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"

    "mindless dissipation of natural resources"

  • Waste (noun)

    the trait of wasting resources;

    "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"

    "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"

  • Waste (noun)

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation;

    "the barrens of central Africa"

    "the trackless wastes of the desert"

  • Waste (noun)

    (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

  • Waste (verb)

    spend thoughtlessly; throw away;

    "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"

    "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

  • Waste (verb)

    use inefficiently or inappropriately;

    "waste heat"

    "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

  • Waste (verb)

    get rid of;

    "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

  • Waste (verb)

    run off as waste;

    "The water wastes back into the ocean"

  • Waste (verb)

    get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing;

    "The mafia liquidated the informer"

    "the double agent was neutralized"

  • Waste (verb)

    spend extravagantly;

    "waste not, want not"

  • Waste (verb)

    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief;

    "After her husband died, she just pined away"

  • Waste (verb)

    cause to grow thin or weak;

    "The treatment emaciated him"

  • Waste (verb)

    devastate or ravage;

    "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

  • Waste (verb)

    waste away;

    "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

  • Waste (adjective)

    disposed of as useless;

    "waste paper"

  • Waste (adjective)

    located in a dismal or remote area; desolate;

    "a desert island"

    "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"

    "a wild stretch of land"

    "waste places"

  • Waist (noun)

    the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

  • Waist (noun)

    the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole

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