|1.||[ noun ] the trait of wasting resources|
"a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste" "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
|Related terms:||improvidence waste|
|2.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||activity waste_of_time waste_of_material boondoggle waste_of_money extravagance waste_of_effort squandering consume shoot|