Definition of wasteland in English:



  • 1An unused area of land that has become barren or overgrown.

    • ‘The TV-stations have been wastelands for two decades and most newspapers never had any interesting in what was happening abroad.’
    • ‘All of the planet was either polluted seas, barren wastelands, or decaying urban sprawl.’
    • ‘The main alternative to the cattle cure of wastelands is hydroseeding, in which a machine sprays a mixture of seeds and fertilizer onto the barren soil.’
    • ‘In the frigid dark silence he sat, the familiar rumble of the transport flooded his ears as they traversed the wastelands, almost lulling him to sleep.’
    • ‘The surface was that of desert and wastelands separated by massive oceans.’
    • ‘I am dragged through the wastelands of unknown territory for hours until the people that captured me stop.’
    • ‘His countenance was as bleak as the frozen northern wastelands, and he huddled within himself, a wizened husk hoarding unspoken power.’
    • ‘We drive through flat wastelands of scrub and dust.’
    • ‘These wetlands carelessly almost stupidly classified as wastelands are the first to lose ground to urban built-environments.’
    • ‘After a period in the rock wastelands during the nineties, he has emerged as a white-haired charmer, with sex appeal to women of a certain age, as they say.’
    • ‘The estimates of wastelands range from 76 million hectares to 175 million hectares.’
    • ‘It only comes out at the outskirts of the land where the barren wasteland ends and things begin to grow again.’
    • ‘The new peripheral communities were decried for everything from scarring the landscape to being cultural wastelands.’
    • ‘Wood is found in the village's wastelands / countryside, or re-used from the rubble of the houses.’
    • ‘The mountain passes are high and demanding, the climate gives extremes of weather conditions, the infrastructure is primitive and the hidden wastelands are boundless.’
    • ‘I seem to wander between the wastelands within as of late.’
    • ‘They were denuding the sheep pastures of grass, turning once successful ranches into wastelands and reducing wool production by half.’
    • ‘The trip would comprise of roughly 750 km through the vast Mongolian prairies and the arid wastelands of the Gobi desert.’
    • ‘A harsh wind blew in from the wastelands, cutting through the damp concrete walls and sending the temperature in the cell down another few degrees.’
    • ‘A historical epic set in China's vast northern wastelands would be expensive to make.’
    wilderness, desert, waste, barren land, dust bowl
    wilds, badlands
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    1. 1.1A bleak, unattractive, and unused or neglected urban or industrial area.
      ‘the restoration of industrial wasteland’
      [count noun] figurative ‘the mid 70s are now seen as something of a cultural wasteland’
      • ‘It was shot in 16 mm Cinemascope in the wastelands of Winnipeg's St. Boniface industrial stockyards.’
      • ‘But the most spectacular thing about the Polish Neisse riverbank with its wastelands, hourly hotels and dusty stores is the view of Görlitz.’
      • ‘Hundreds of homes have already been torn down, leaving wastelands dividing the streets.’
      • ‘Sections of many US cities are violent urban wastelands.’
      • ‘These wastelands are a big source of pollution and the Ministry of Environment is making it its priority to work on waste recycling and management in Bulgaria.’
      • ‘A year ago when we drove down the nearby raised road, both sides of the dyke were wastelands covered by small clumps of brush.’
      • ‘Like urban garages, car parts shops and so on, such places tend to spring up spontaneously like weeds in wastelands and interstices of cities.’
      • ‘It's mostly teenagers, but there's youngsters as young as four and five starting fires in the wastelands around the estates.’
      • ‘Whether it's rusting machinery and industrial wastelands, or ivy-draped columns, ruins are undeniably romantic.’
      • ‘When native film-makers point the camera at their homeland, the post-industrial wastelands of the Clyde are usually somewhere in the background.’
      • ‘An immense amount has been built in two areas, both of which were desolate wastelands in 1992 because they had either been underneath or very close to the wall.’
      • ‘A government-planning edict has seen derelict urban wastelands transformed into residential and working communities.’
      • ‘And they still bear the brunt of urban poverty as single parents in the commercial wastelands that too often are their neighborhoods.’
      • ‘Are the more modest price rises across Britain as a whole merely a reflection of the fact there are huge urban wastelands where no one will ever want to live again?’
      • ‘My favourite of these are the daffodils which appear everywhere from formal gardens to woodland paths to urban wastelands.’
      • ‘The decaying sports grounds have been turned into wastelands and junkie hangout spots.’
      • ‘Government intervention ensures that intercity areas are well kept and that ethnic ghettos and industrial wastelands do not emerge.’
      • ‘The cross country race features a tight and twisty, yet relatively flat course in the urban wastelands just south of Seatac Airport.’
      • ‘He is that rarest of rare breeds, a Tory activist and campaigner who keeps the blue flag flying above the housing schemes and wastelands of Glasgow's east end.’
      • ‘I drove down streets that once teemed with life and now are ruined wastelands.’