Definition of garbage collector in English:

garbage collector


  • 1North American A dustman.

    • ‘That means extra gasoline costs for the city, lots of overtime for garbage collectors, and a small dose of nuisance for everyone.’
    • ‘I gathered up stacks and stacks of jewel boxes (which weighed a ton) and left them on the curb for the garbage collectors.’
    • ‘While there is certainly a limit to the size of container a garbage collector should be expected to lift, the more important parameter is obviously the weight of the can.’
    • ‘Plenty of inferior fighters gain their shots whereas he had to work as a garbage collector to pay the bills.’
    • ‘If you don't believe me, try living in a city where the plumbers or garbage collectors have gone on strike.’
    • ‘The city doesn't have estimates on how many residents use recycling, but a budget briefing prepared by the city's engineering department shows garbage collectors are picking up 6,000 tonnes of trash every year.’
    • ‘He is the longest-serving chief of staff in 46 years, yet he reminds people that he toiled many years at a McDonald's and spent one summer as a garbage collector.’
    • ‘The garbage collectors had been on strike for the past six months for a variety of grievances.’
    • ‘We must not use Mother Nature as our garbage collector for if we do we will eventually be consumed by our own refuse.’
    • ‘Role models walk in the shoes of soccer moms and garbage collectors, teachers and students, executives and kitchen help.’
    • ‘The night before he was assassinated in 1968, he spoke to striking garbage collectors in Memphis, Tenn., promising justice.’
    • ‘During the past week, garbage piled up all over the city as it was not taken away by garbage collectors, who had not been given an alternative dumpsite location by the City Sanitation Agency.’
    • ‘The son of a garbage collector and clerk, he used scholarships to help put himself through college, graduate and law school.’
    • ‘As much as 8,220 tonnes of garbage had been picked up by local garbage collectors on Chinese New Year's Eve, officials said.’
    • ‘He wandered up and down through England, waiting tables, washing dishes, even working as a garbage collector, before, at the age of 27, finding his true vocation at art school in Devon.’
    • ‘I think I'd like to be a garbage collector when I grow up.’
    • ‘Why is he wearing a garbage collector's uniform?’
    • ‘One individual can produce one kilogram of garbage everyday, which is a burden for garbage collectors and the environment.’
    • ‘Get rid of everything you're not emotionally attached to, and give it to Goodwill, a cousin or the garbage collector.’
    • ‘The way he saw it, you were either a garbage collector or a CEO.’
  • 2Computing
    A program that automatically removes unwanted data held temporarily in memory during processing.

    • ‘We will cover memory management and the garbage collector as well as the best methods for cleaning up unmanaged resources.’
    • ‘Java has a garbage collector to free memory consumed by objects which are no longer used.’
    • ‘The memory management supplied by the CLI is administered by a garbage collector.’
    • ‘Among other things, C# has a garbage collector.’
    • ‘This runtime library includes the core runtime support, his well-regarded conservative garbage collector, the bytecode interpreter and a large library of classes.’