Definition of garbage in English:

garbage

noun

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

    • ‘For now, there's dinner to be cooked, bedtime stories to be read, the garbage to be taken out.’
    • ‘With the exploding populace of the cities and its suburbs, household garbage and refuse is posing a serious threat.’
    • ‘The obvious solution of this problem is to decentralise the process of collection of household garbage.’
    • ‘Jessica just watched him from the street as he sifted through the garbage.’
    • ‘The household garbage contains carbon while the sewage sludge contains nitrogen and water.’
    • ‘Their food consists of garbage, poisoned rodents and even antifreeze.’
    • ‘With their keen sense of smell, bears can detect miniscule amounts of leftover food or garbage.’
    • ‘He welcomes the Chennai Corporation's proposal to start segregation of garbage at the household level.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the meantime, remember that the bears are still out there and keep your garbage and pet food inside.’
    • ‘Dad would bring a bag of kitchen garbage on every trip south to Toronto.’
    • ‘In essence, we were debating whether to levy head taxes and user fees for household garbage.’
    • ‘All the sweet rolls, ice cream, chocolate doodles, and lard pies were tossed in the garbage.’
    • ‘Eliminate sources of food, such as garbage or outdoor pet food dishes that attract stray cats.’
    • ‘These people have never complied with a single edict about the proper disposal of household garbage.’
    • ‘Household garbage is one of the most common sources of things that can make a puppy sick.’
    • ‘She dressed in dirty rags, wandered aimlessly in the streets, scavenging garbage for food.’
    • ‘We sifted through the garbage another four times, then I looked at the dumpster.’
    rubbish, refuse, domestic refuse, waste, waste material, debris, detritus, litter, junk, scrap, discarded matter
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    1. 1.1 A thing that is considered worthless or meaningless.
      ‘a store full of overpriced 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It took an awfully long time, though, and my computer is full of garbage.’
      • ‘The moral of the story: don't take that garbage on Amazon's message boards seriously in the first place.’
      • ‘Try to copy a short-cut with a right click, and you'll get meaningless garbage.’
    2. 1.2Computing Unwanted data in a computer's memory.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • garbage in, garbage out

    • Used to express the idea that in computing and other spheres, incorrect or poor quality input will always produce faulty output.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

garbage

/ˈɡärbij/