wastage

noun
wast·​age | \ ˈwā-stij How to pronounce wastage (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web This results in the wastage of doses, even when there are people waiting to take the jab elsewhere. Ratheesh Raveendran, Forbes, "Operational Intelligence Insights The Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Chain Could Benefit From," 6 Apr. 2021 Brian Castrucci, president and CEO of the public health advocacy group the de Beaumont Foundation, said vaccinators should not be singularly blamed for what wastage has occurred. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "COVID-19 vaccine wasted in Maryland underscores challenges of handling delicate doses," 22 Feb. 2021 The Maryland health department requires providers to report all COVID-19 vaccine wastage and reserves the right to reduce the allocation to any provider or facility that commits or allows spoilage. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "COVID-19 vaccine wasted in Maryland underscores challenges of handling delicate doses," 22 Feb. 2021 One study found an overall wastage rate of 2.6% among 57 U.S. immunization programs in 1999. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Temperature-Tracking Tools Take Center Stage in Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout," 21 Dec. 2020 The peril of wasting doses is guiding planners to identify locations where large numbers of people can gather safely; the more recipients arrive at once, the less wastage there is likely to be. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "In the US, 50 States Could Mean 50 Vaccine Rollout Strategies," 16 Oct. 2020 But our recent Nature Climate Change article makes the case that reducing wastage in the power sector, focusing specifically on the grid, can be a critical lever in lowering national emissions. The Conversation/sarah Marie Jordaan/kavita Surana, Ars Technica, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid," 26 Dec. 2019 But our recent Nature Climate Change article makes the case that reducing wastage in the power sector, focusing specifically on the grid, can be a critical lever in lowering national emissions. The Conversation/sarah Marie Jordaan/kavita Surana, Ars Technica, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid," 26 Dec. 2019 But our recent Nature Climate Change article makes the case that reducing wastage in the power sector, focusing specifically on the grid, can be a critical lever in lowering national emissions. The Conversation/sarah Marie Jordaan/kavita Surana, Ars Technica, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wastage

1735, in the meaning defined above

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“Wastage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastage. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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