noun gar·bage \ˈgär-bij\

: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown out

: a container where people put things that are being thrown out

: something that is worthless, unimportant, or of poor quality

Full Definition of GARBAGE

a :  food waste
b :  discarded or useless material
a :  trash 1b
b :  inaccurate or useless data

Examples of GARBAGE

  1. The park was littered with garbage.
  2. Please take out the garbage.
  3. Raccoons were going through the garbage.
  4. Throw the can in the garbage.
  5. If you ask me, what he said is a bunch of garbage.

Origin of GARBAGE

Middle English, offal
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra


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