1.useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly"if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste" "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
2.(law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
3.the trait of wasting resources"a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste" "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
4.an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation"the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"
5.any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted"they collect the waste once a week" "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
6.(ellipsis)a pipe through which liquid is carried away
1.wild and menacing"a pack of feral dogs"
2.more than is needed, desired, or required"trying to lose excess weight" "found some extra change lying on the dresser" "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant" "skills made redundant by technological advance" "sleeping in the s..."
3.located in a dismal or remote area; desolate"a desert island" "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads" "a wild stretch of land" "waste places"
4.(of land or fields) not prepared for raising crops"uncultivated land"
1.become physically weaker"Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
2.cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
3.cause to grow thin or weak"The treatment emaciated him"
4.lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief"After her husband died, she just pined away"
5.spend extravagantly"waste not, want not"
6.use inefficiently or inappropriately"waste heat" "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
7.get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing"The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"
8.run off as waste"The water wastes back into the ocean"
9.get rid of"We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
10.spend thoughtlessly; throw away"He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends" "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
WasteWaste (?), a. [OE. wast, OF. wast, from L. vastus, influenced by the kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosti, G. wüst, OS. w�sti, D. woest, AS. wēste. Cf. Vast.]
1. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
The dismal situation waste and wild. Milton.
His heart became appalled as he gazed forward into the waste darkness of futurity. Sir W. Scott.
2. Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper.
But his waste words returned to him in vain. Spenser.
Not a waste or needless sound,
Till we come to holier ground. Milton.
Ill day which made this beauty waste. Emerson.
3. Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous.
And strangled with her waste fertility. Milton.
Waste gate, a gate by which the superfluous water of a reservoir, or the like, is discharged. -- Waste paper. See under Paper. -- Waste pipe, a pipe for carrying off waste, or superfluous, water or other fluids. Specifically: (a) (Steam Boilers) An escape pipe. See under Escape. (b) (Plumbing) The outlet pipe at the bottom of a bowl, tub, sink, or the like. -- Waste steam. (a) Steam which escapes the air. (b) Exhaust steam. -- Waste trap, a trap for a waste pipe, as of a sink.
WasteWaste, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wasting.] [OE. wasten, OF. waster, guaster, gaster, F. gâter to spoil, L. vastare to devastate, to lay waste, fr. vastus waste, desert, uncultivated, ravaged, vast, but influenced by a kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosten, G. wüsten, AS. wēstan. See Waste, a.]
1. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
Thou barren ground, whom winter's wrath hath wasted,
Art made a mirror to behold my plight. Spenser.
Insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds. Dryden.
2. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
Until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. Num. xiv. 33.
O, were I able
To waste it all myself, and leave ye none! Milton.
To waste eternal days in woe and pain. Milton.
Wasted by such a course of life, the infirmities of age daily grew on him. Robertson.
3. To spend unnecessarily or carelessly; to employ prodigally; to expend without valuable result; to apply to useless purposes; to lavish vainly; to squander; to cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or injury.
The younger son gathered all together, and . . . wasted his substance with riotous living. Luke xv. 13.
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Gray.
4. (Law) To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.
Syn. -- To squander; dissipate; lavish; desolate.
WasteWaste (wāst), v. i.
1. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less; -- commonly used with away.
The time wasteth night and day. Chaucer.
The barrel of meal shall not waste. 1 Kings xvii. 14.
But man dieth, and wasteth away. Job xiv. 10.
2. (Sporting) To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; -- said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.
WasteWaste, n. [OE. waste; cf. the kindred AS. wēsten, OHG. wōstī, wuostī, G. wüste. See Waste, a. & v.]
1. The act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or expenditure; devastation; loss without equivalent gain; gradual loss or decrease, by use, wear, or decay; as, a waste of property, time, labor, words, etc. “Waste . . . of catel and of time.” Chaucer.
For all this waste of wealth loss of blood. Milton.
He will never . . . in the way of waste, attempt us again. Shak.
Little wastes in great establishments, constantly occurring, may defeat the energies of a mighty capital. L. Beecher.
2. That which is wasted or desolate; a devastated, uncultivated, or wild country; a deserted region; an unoccupied or unemployed space; a dreary void; a desert; a wilderness. “The wastes of Nature.” Emerson.
All the leafy nation sinks at last,
And Vulcan rides in triumph o'er the waste. Dryden.
The gloomy waste of waters which bears his name is his tomb and his monument. Bancroft.
3. That which is of no value; worthless remnants; refuse. Specifically: Remnants of cops, or other refuse resulting from the working of cotton, wool, hemp, and the like, used for wiping machinery, absorbing oil in the axle boxes of railway cars, etc.
4. (Law) Spoil, destruction, or injury, done to houses, woods, fences, lands, etc., by a tenant for life or for years, to the prejudice of the heir, or of him in reversion or remainder.
☞ Waste is voluntary, as by pulling down buildings; or permissive, as by suffering them to fall for want of necessary repairs. Whatever does a lasting damage to the freehold is a waste. Blackstone.
5. (Mining) Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse.
6. (Phys. Geog.) Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.
Syn. -- Prodigality; diminution; loss; dissipation; destruction; devastation; havoc; desolation; ravage.
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WASTE is a peer-to-peer and friend-to-friend protocol and software application developed by Justin Frankel at Nullsoft in 2003 that features instant messaging, chat rooms and file browsing/sharing capabilities. The name WASTE is a reference to Thomas Pynchon's novel The Crying of Lot 49. In the novel, W.A.S.T.E. is (among other things) an underground postal service.
After its release, WASTE was removed from distribution by AOL, Nullsoft's parent company. The original page was replaced with a statement claiming that the posting of the software was unauthorized and that no lawful rights to it were held by anyone who had downloaded it, in spite of the original claim that the software was released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Several developers have modified and upgraded the WASTE client and protocol. The SourceForge edition is considered by many to be the "official" development branch, but there are several forks.
WASTE is a decentralized chat, instant messaging and file sharing program and protocol. It behaves similarly to a virtual private network by connecting to a group of trusted computers, as determined by the users. This kind of network is commonly referred to as a darknet. It uses strong encryption to ensure that third parties cannot decipher the messages being transferred. The same encryption is used to transmit and receive instant messages, chat, and files, maintain the connection, and browse and search.
WASTE networks are decentralized (see social networks), meaning there is no central hub or server that everyone connects to. Peers must connect to each other individually. Normally, this is accomplished by having individuals sharing their RSA public keys, ensuring that their computers are accessible via the appropriate ports (one or more parties must have an IP address and port that can be reached by the other), and entering the IP address and port of someone on the network to connect to.
Once connected to the network, public keys are automatically exchanged amongst members (provided enough of the members are set to forward and accept public keys), and nodes will then attempt to connect to each other, strengthening the network (decreasing the odds that any one node going down will collapse or shut out any part of the network), as well as increasing the number of possible routes from any given point to any other point, decreasing latency and bandwidth required for communication and file transfer.
Since WASTE connects small, private groups rather than large, public ones, the network search feature is one of the fastest of all the decentralized P2P applications. Its instant messaging and file sharing capabilities are much closer to those of AOL Instant Messenger than more typical file sharing programs. Members of the network can create private and public chat rooms, instant message each other, browse each other's files, and trade files, including the pushing or active sending of files by hosts, as well as the more common downloading by users. Simple drag-and-drop to chat boxes will send files to their intended destinations.
The suggested size for a WASTE network (referred to as a "mesh" by users) is 10-50 nodes, though it has been suggested that the size of the network is less critical than the ratio of nodes willing to route traffic to those that are not. With original Nullsoft-client groups now exceeding five years of age, it's not uncommon for stable meshes to host multiple terabytes of secure content.
By default, WASTE listens to incoming connections on port 1337. This was probably chosen because of 1337's leet connotations.
Since there is no central hub, WASTE networks typically employ a password or passphrase, also called a "network name" to prevent collision. That is, a member from one network connecting to a member of another network, thus bridging the two networks. By assigning a unique identifier (passphrase) to your network, the risk of collisions can be reduced, particularly with the original clients.
"Nullnets" are networks without a passphrase. It is impossible to know how many nullnets exist, but there is one primary nullnet. The best way to access the nullnet is to post your credentials to the WASTE Key Exchange. The nullnet can easily merge with other nullnets because there is no passphrase, which makes it a great place for public discussion and file sharing.
As of version 1.7, WASTE comes in an experimental and a stable release. The experimental branch implements a new 16k packet size, which improves overhead and transfer speeds, but is not compatible with previous versions which support a 4k packet size.
WASTE 1.7.4 for Windows was released on 24 December 2008, and was current as of October 2009[update]. This is a new branch on SourceForge created because of inactivity on the main WASTE development branch. This is the most fully featured version to date.
VIA Technologies released a fork of WASTE under the name PadlockSL, but removed the product's website after a few weeks. The user interface was written in Qt and the client was available for Linux and Windows.
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