American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Food wastes, as from a kitchen.
- n. Refuse; trash.
- n. A place or receptacle where rubbish is discarded: tossed the apple core into the garbage.
- n. Worthless or nonsensical matter; rubbish: Their advice turned out to be nothing but garbage.
- n. Inferior or offensive literary or artistic material.
- n. Computer Science Incorrect, meaningless, or unwanted data.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, the entrails of fowls, and afterward of any animal; now, offal or refuse organic matter in general; especially, the refuse animal and vegetable matter from a kitchen.
- n. Hence Any worthless, offensive matter.
- To eviscerate; disembowel; gut; clean by removing the entrails of.
- n. Useless or disposable material; waste material of any kind.
- n. Nonsense; gibberish.
- n. Something or someone worthless.
- n. computing Data that cannot or will not be accessed by a program, but are still taking up space.
- n. computing Data that make no sense to the program trying to use them.
- v. transitive, obsolete To eviscerate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Offal, as the bowels of an animal or fish; refuse animal or vegetable matter from a kitchen; hence, anything worthless, disgusting, or loathsome.
- v. To strip of the bowels; to clean.
- n. a worthless message
- n. food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
- n. a receptacle where waste can be discarded
- Middle English "the offal of a fowl, giblets, kitchen waste", originally "refuse, what is purged away" from Old French garber "to refine, make neat or clean", of Germanic origin, akin to Old High German garawan "to prepare, make ready", Old English ġearwian ("to make ready, adorn"). More at garb, yare, gear (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, offal from fowls. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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