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1[mass noun] Rubbish or waste, especially domestic refuse:‘garbage littered the estate’[as modifier] ‘a garbage dump’
rubbish, refuse, domestic refuse, waste, waste material, debris, detritus, litter, junk, scrap, discarded matterView synonyms
- ‘Human waste and garbage is polluting main water tanks, which are present in these areas.’
- ‘They dump garbage on the streets much the way one would expect of primitive people.’
- ‘Gone are the days when a resident could quietly dump a bag of garbage by the roadside and proceed on his morning walk.’
- ‘Tons of garbage dumped into the sea off Borneo regularly washes up, littering the beach with bottles, cans and plastic bags.’
- ‘Much of this increase has been attributed to the availability of garbage and fish waste.’
- ‘There is only an enclosure there where the whole colony's garbage is dumped.’
- ‘That was the show where he built a rocket ship from scrap metal and garbage.’
- ‘Allowing Bradford's garbage to be dumped in Skibeden will hasten the day this landfill site is full.’
- ‘For example, most customers don't know that these big boats dump raw sewage and garbage at sea.’
- ‘Now the doors of the elevator open, and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.’
- ‘There are too many open storm water drains into which garbage is dumped.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Americans are right to refuse truckloads of garbage that contain biomedical waste and radioactive material.’
- ‘I called to complain about garbage that was being dumped in front of the building.’
- ‘The Government must impose fine on those who dump garbage in public places.’
- ‘His argument was that the Corporation had no right to dump the urban garbage in the rural areas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It has a chronic waste problem with garbage and sewerage littering the edges of the coral reef that forms the island.’
- 1.1 Worthless or meaningless material or ideas; rubbish:‘a store full of overpriced garbage’
- ‘It took an awfully long time, though, and my computer is full of garbage.’
- ‘Try to copy a short-cut with a right click, and you'll get meaningless garbage.’
- ‘The moral of the story: don't take that garbage on Amazon's message boards seriously in the first place.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Don't you see, it's the likes of you and your ilk, who keep writing this unfounded garbage, that keep the fires stoked.’
- 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.’
- ‘Transcoding from one algorithm to another may simply produce garbage.’
- ‘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.’
garbage in, garbage out
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.’
- ‘Like most things in life, the rule is GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.’
- ‘It's like they say about computers: 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.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘offal’): from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.
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