wastage

noun
wast·​age | \ˈwā-stij \

Definition of wastage 

: loss, decrease, or destruction of something (as by use, decay, erosion, or leakage) especially : wasteful or avoidable loss of something valuable

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Examples of wastage in a Sentence

the slash-and-burn wastage of the surrounding countryside as the army made its way to the sea

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Flood irrigation has been used in the area for millennia, though FAO has warned of massive water wastage. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire," 5 July 2018 Wi-Fi wastage Wi-Fi faces the same restraints as receivers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Perfect Wi-Fi energy harvester gathers scant bounty," 15 Jan. 2018 Indeed, some might even accuse Comcast’s Mr. Roberts of being a tempering force in an industry otherwise prone to bouts of irrational exuberance and capital wastage. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Comcast vs. the 5G Frenzy," 4 July 2017 An increasing number of marketers are taking a stand against wastage in the online ad space by speaking out about issues such as transparency, viewability and ad fraud. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Uber Sues Fetch; NBC Ratings Gains, Uneasy Talent; Stella Artois Super Bowl Ad," 19 Sep. 2017 The idea for both new tools is to reduce the amount of money advertisers spend targeting the wrong people—known in the ad industry as wastage. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "New Facebook Tools Help Marketers Serve Ads to People Most Likely to Spend Money," 12 June 2017 The shorts in Nike’s 2014 World Cup uniform were made of 100 percent recycled polyester, and the Flyknit technology, wherein the entire upper part of the shoe is knit into a seamless form, means there is zero material wastage. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "At Nike, Extending the Track to the Runway," 16 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of wastage

1735, in the meaning defined above

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wastage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wastage

: wasteful use of something valuable : loss of something by using too much of it or using it in a way that is not necessary or effective

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