wasteland

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noun waste·land \ˈwāst-ˌland also -lənd\

Definition of wasteland

  1. 1 :  barren or uncultivated land a desert wasteland

  2. 2 :  an ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area

  3. 3 :  something (such as a way of life) that is spiritually and emotionally arid and unsatisfying

Examples of wasteland in a Sentence

  1. The outskirts of the city became a grim industrial wasteland.

  2. That part of the country is a cultural wasteland.

  3. the vast wasteland of television

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First Known Use of wasteland

14th century


WASTELAND Defined for English Language Learners

wasteland

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Definition of wasteland for English Language Learners

  • : land where nothing can grow or be built : land that is not usable

  • : an ugly and often ruined place or area

  • : something that is being compared to a large, empty area of land because it has no real value or interest


WASTELAND Defined for Kids

wasteland

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noun waste·land \ˈwāst-ˌland\

Definition of wasteland for Students

  1. :  land that is barren or not fit for crops



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