Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Loss by deterioration, wear, or destruction: "Disease and desertion still caused much greater wastage than battle” ( Theodore Ropp).
  • n. The gradual process of wasting.
  • n. An amount that is wasted or lost by wear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount or proportion of something that is wasted or lost by deterioration
  • n. Anything lost by wear or waste
  • n. Goods that are damaged, out of date, reduced, or generally unsaleable, which are destined to be thrown away and which are written off as a loss
  • n. In hunting, the act of abandoning animal carcasses or parts; usually illegal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Loss by use, decay, evaporation, leakage, or the like; waste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Loss by use, wear, decay, leakage, etc.; waste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. anything lost by wear or waste
  • n. the process of wasting

Etymologies

waste + -age (Wiktionary)

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