Meaning of garbage in English:

garbage

Pronunciation /ˈɡɑːbɪdʒ/

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noun

mass noun
  • 1North American Rubbish or waste, especially domestic refuse.

    ‘garbage littered the estate’
    • ‘a garbage dump’
    • ‘Americans are right to refuse truckloads of garbage that contain biomedical waste and radioactive material.’
    • ‘It has a chronic waste problem with garbage and sewerage littering the edges of the coral reef that forms the island.’
    • ‘People living along the river banks admit that they always dump the waste into the river as there is no garbage dump in the neighborhood.’
    • ‘There was throughout the city the sweet, pulpy stench of garbage, waste, and rot.’
    • ‘Now the doors of the elevator open, and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.’
    • ‘Much of this increase has been attributed to the availability of garbage and fish waste.’
    • ‘For example, most customers don't know that these big boats dump raw sewage and garbage at sea.’
    • ‘Human waste and garbage is polluting main water tanks, which are present in these areas.’
    • ‘Tons of garbage dumped into the sea off Borneo regularly washes up, littering the beach with bottles, cans and plastic bags.’
    • ‘There are too many open storm water drains into which garbage is dumped.’
    • ‘The Government must impose fine on those who dump garbage in public places.’
    • ‘There is only an enclosure there where the whole colony's garbage is dumped.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when a resident could quietly dump a bag of garbage by the roadside and proceed on his morning walk.’
    • ‘I called to complain about garbage that was being dumped in front of the building.’
    • ‘His argument was that the Corporation had no right to dump the urban garbage in the rural areas.’
    • ‘Allowing Bradford's garbage to be dumped in Skibeden will hasten the day this landfill site is full.’
    • ‘They dump garbage on the streets much the way one would expect of primitive people.’
    • ‘The striking workers protested outside the municipal council office and dumped garbage on the steps.’
    • ‘The streets are littered with garbage and lined with open sewers.’
    • ‘That was the show where he built a rocket ship from scrap metal and garbage.’
    refuse, domestic refuse, waste, waste material, debris, detritus, litter, junk, scrap, discarded matter
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    1. 1.1Worthless or meaningless material or ideas; rubbish.
      ‘a store full of overpriced garbage’
      • ‘I figured this idea was garbage, and that he was too much of an egomaniac to base his movies on anyone else's work but his.’
      • ‘Try to copy a short-cut with a right click, and you'll get meaningless garbage.’
      • ‘It took an awfully long time, though, and my computer is full of garbage.’
      • ‘Don't you see, it's the likes of you and your ilk, who keep writing this unfounded garbage, that keep the fires stoked.’
      • ‘The moral of the story: don't take that garbage on Amazon's message boards seriously in the first place.’
      nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, blarney, claptrap, guff, blather, blether
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    2. 1.2Computing Unwanted data in a computer's memory.
      ‘What will double is all the garbage we store on our computers, which is to say not much of real value.’
      • ‘It wastes a portion of our lives to filter through the computer garbage.’
      • ‘We ran Mailwasher Pro to filter out the garbage in the nine e-mail accounts we check from that workstation, then ran NEO.’
      • ‘Transcoding from one algorithm to another may simply produce garbage.’

Phrases

    garbage in, garbage out
    North American
    • Used to express the idea that in computing and other fields, incorrect or poor-quality input will produce faulty output.

      ‘First, the project suffered from GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.’
      • ‘It's like they say about computers: garbage in, garbage out.’
      • ‘Like most things in life, the rule is GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.’
      • ‘Those computers, like all computers, operate by a basic rule: garbage in, garbage out.’
      • ‘A more compelling reason, however, is that software can't eliminate the problem of garbage in, garbage out.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘offal’): from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.