Definition of garbage in English:

garbage

noun

North American
  • 1[mass noun] Rubbish or waste, especially domestic refuse:

    ‘garbage littered the estate’
    [as modifier] ‘a garbage dump’
    • ‘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.’
    rubbish, refuse, domestic refuse, waste, waste material, debris, detritus, litter, junk, scrap, discarded matter
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    1. 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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

garbage

/ˈɡɑːbɪdʒ/