Definition of garbage in English:

garbage

Pronunciation /ˈɡärbij/ /ˈɡɑrbɪdʒ/

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noun

  • 1North American Wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household.

    ‘garbage littered the estate’
    • ‘a garbage dump’
    • ‘With the exploding populace of the cities and its suburbs, household garbage and refuse is posing a serious threat.’
    • ‘These people have never complied with a single edict about the proper disposal of household garbage.’
    • ‘Eliminate sources of food, such as garbage or outdoor pet food dishes that attract stray cats.’
    • ‘Household garbage is one of the most common sources of things that can make a puppy sick.’
    • ‘Their food consists of garbage, poisoned rodents and even antifreeze.’
    • ‘He welcomes the Chennai Corporation's proposal to start segregation of garbage at the household level.’
    • ‘The obvious solution of this problem is to decentralise the process of collection of household garbage.’
    • ‘Dad would bring a bag of kitchen garbage on every trip south to Toronto.’
    • ‘In the meantime, remember that the bears are still out there and keep your garbage and pet food inside.’
    • ‘In essence, we were debating whether to levy head taxes and user fees for household garbage.’
    • ‘With their keen sense of smell, bears can detect miniscule amounts of leftover food or garbage.’
    • ‘She dressed in dirty rags, wandered aimlessly in the streets, scavenging garbage for food.’
    • ‘The household garbage contains carbon while the sewage sludge contains nitrogen and water.’
    • ‘Natalie tried to fish the bracelet out of the garbage and put it back together.’
    • ‘Handled correctly, nuclear waste can be as safe to handle as household garbage, he said.’
    • ‘The workers have not been paid for 94 weeks and are refusing to remove the garbage until they receive full payment.’
    • ‘Jessica just watched him from the street as he sifted through the garbage.’
    • ‘We sifted through the garbage another four times, then I looked at the dumpster.’
    • ‘All the sweet rolls, ice cream, chocolate doodles, and lard pies were tossed in the garbage.’
    • ‘For now, there's dinner to be cooked, bedtime stories to be read, the garbage to be taken out.’
    refuse, domestic refuse, waste, waste material, debris, detritus, litter, junk, scrap, discarded matter
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    1. 1.1A thing that is considered worthless or meaningless.
      ‘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 spheres, incorrect or poor quality input will always 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.