Definition of wastage in US English:



  • 1The action or process of losing or destroying something by using it carelessly or extravagantly.

    ‘the wastage of natural resources’
    • ‘But this is a compelling history, tinged with sadness, not only for the human suffering and wastage, but also at the despoiling of a unique and magnificent landscape and destruction of the nomadic way of life.’
    • ‘Both must get into top gear with almost immediate effect if they are to have a significant impact on graft and wastage and mechanisms must be put in place to ensure that these are minimised on all fronts.’
    • ‘There is information on rainwater harvesting, roof water collection, a chart of wastage caused by unintentional use of water, and how to prevent this by simple methods such as stopping a faucet from leaking.’
    • ‘The company has been taking stringent cost control measures, new trade management strategies and increasing efforts to implement lean management programmes and eliminate wastage in all areas of manufacturing.’
    • ‘Often this wastage is a direct result of cost shifting between federal and state/territory governments.’
    • ‘The state government has brought nuptials of all religious hues under the Essential Commodities Act to prevent wastage of food at wedding feasts.’
    • ‘Others spoke of wastage and the government leading by example.’
    • ‘When you consider that it costs more than that sum to construct just a good harbour, you can see there was no wastage there.’
    • ‘It is important to insulate under the heating pipes to prevent wastage, particularly if you live in a flat - you don't want to end up providing your downstairs neighbour with a new heating system.’
    • ‘If power is given free to farmers, they will not care to switch it off soon even after their job is finished; thus, it will result in wastage.’
    • ‘The use of harvesters and plastic crates has become essential to minimise wastage during harvesting and transportation.’
    • ‘Doesn't an automated parking fee system do away with the wastage of destroying unsold coupons every two years, or ensure non-evasion of parking fees, or even eradicate littering in car parks?’
    • ‘Although economists see this as a reward for financial mismanagement and wastage of tax payer's money, many defend the move.’
    • ‘By getting the domestic consumer to pay an amount of money that is based on usage, there will be more awareness and less wastage of a valuable natural resource.’
    • ‘Furthermore the committee ask all members to look for and report any leaks and to turn off any running taps as there is serious wastage of water occurring, which has led to the present shortages.’
    • ‘After all, so many simple things are overlooked in most houses, such as using the optimum amount of water for cooking, getting leaking taps repaired in time and avoiding wastage of water in general.’
    • ‘He noted that the problem the region had in the fisheries sector have been the non optimal utilisation of existing resources hence the need to address issues of quality control and wastage arising from inadequate processing facilities.’
    • ‘On a regular morning walk at Marine Drive with her neuro-psychiatrist husband, an infertility specialist was discussing wants vs. needs and how she could avoid wastage in the lab.’
    • ‘A disciplined approach was introduced to avoid wastage in every department.’
    • ‘I hope that the council at least passes its used cartridges to a recycling agent but by continuing to buy new cartridges it perpetuates oil wastage.’
    1. 1.1 The amount of something lost or destroyed by carelessness.
      ‘wastage was cut by 50 percent’
      • ‘The strategy outlines Defence's commitment to reduce water consumption, minimise wastage and maximise use of waste water across Defence properties.’
      • ‘A figure of £424 was suggested for the annual food wastage per person every year.’
      • ‘However, there is 10 per cent wastage on the flowers purchased.’
      • ‘We want to get best value for taxpayers and cut wastage by up to 10 per cent by improving the way we spend money on services.’
      • ‘Concerns about the clinical implications, the cost of routine medication, and the possible excessive wastage resulting from the return of units to the blood bank have led us to question our practice.’
      • ‘The houses and bungalows will be timber-framed and clad with UK-grown timbers, roofed with recycled slates and insulated with recycled newspaper while the plumbing system is designed to cut water wastage.’
      • ‘Thus, it was anticipated that a fighter force of 50 squadrons engaged in active operations would suffer wastage of 1,000 aircraft a month.’
      • ‘It could also reduce food wastage which is estimated to cost at least 10 billion yuan every year.’
      • ‘Placing the product in a niche can be a tough choice, especially if the board wants the entire market, however it can limit wastage of productive resources.’
      • ‘Our comparable figure by then is about - I think if you take our present rates, it is about 9 per cent wastage, but we then lose a further 4 per cent during the two years.’
      • ‘And the fact that food must be consumed quickly means that wastage is high.’
      • ‘Its storage heaters, which will be produced at the rate of over 600,000 a year in the Shanyang Dimplex joint venture plant, will help to control pollution by reducing wastage.’
      • ‘Although total wastage in Hurricanes and Spitfires approached 3,000, deliveries to the squadrons were in excess of 3,500.’
      • ‘Houses in Ireland are performing very badly in terms of energy usage; wastage is very high, and homes are badly insulated.’
      • ‘First, there is a reduction in feed wastage; second, there is an improvement in the digestibility of nutrients.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Audit Commission's scathing report on the running of the criminal justice system says the £80m wastage would pay for thousands more police officers.’
      • ‘This is to encourage energy efficiency and to reduce energy wastage.’
  • 2The weakening or deterioration of a part of the body, typically as a result of illness or lack of use.

    ‘the wastage of muscle tissue’
    • ‘Danny has suffered a lot of muscle wastage throughout his illness, but there is no reason why he can't walk again.’
    • ‘A removable fibre cast pot means the 31-year-old can already do vital stretching exercises on his ankle and knee that will prevent muscle wastage.’
    • ‘During the off-season, you have to work on your muscles to prevent wastage.’
    • ‘Weight training also helps to slow down the rate of sarcopenia, or muscle wastage in the ageing, which can lead to a decrease of up to 40% muscle mass in 60-year-olds and older.’
    • ‘The most common signs are muscle wastage, diarrhoea and respiratory distress in pigs aged between six and 14 weeks.’
    • ‘Their futures looked bleak at the beginning of last year after both were diagnosed with Battens Disease, a fatal condition causing muscle wastage.’
    • ‘Mr Graber, you have acute muscle wastage caused by the steroidal hay-fever medication that you are taking.’
    • ‘In the 1980s he worked on syringomyelia, a degenerative disease that leads to muscle wastage.’
    • ‘Used by astronauts to boost muscular performance in space and thus prevent muscle wastage, the trainer is now used by professional football players in Barcelona Football Club.’
    • ‘There's already a perceptible muscle wastage in her hind quarters, and I have been encouraging her to take a little exercise: one of her endearing traits is that she can almost always be persuaded to take a walk with me.’
    • ‘Thankfully, faith in the surgeon was justified and three operations later Weller made a full recovery, following one more season of frustration due to muscle wastage caused by 60-odd days in hospital.’
    • ‘There is evidence, says Vincent, that the inner layer of muscles that support your lower back show muscle wastage in those experiencing back pain because every time you move you are bracing outer muscles to take the strain.’