Definitions

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

  • n. A relatively small, open-topped container for discarding trash. Also called wastepaper basket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A receptacle for items that are to be discarded; a rubbish bin; a garbage can. Usually small and used indoors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a basket{4} used to hold waste matter, such as discarded paper, commonly shaped like a truncated cone, with the wide end open and at the top. Vessels of other shapes, such as oblong containers, are also called waste baskets.
  • n. A basket used in offices, libraries, etc., as a receptacle for waste paper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A basket used to receive rejected papers, useless scraps of pa per, and other waste material.

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

  • n. a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
  • n. a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish

Etymologies

Compound of waste + basket. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The place stinks of Jamaican marijuana, the cash register area smells of fish, and the wastebasket is full of discarded wrappings from a first aid kit.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Also canny was the "nine-foot rule": if a wastebasket is within nine feet, Buffington says, children will gamely try to use it; farther than that, they won't.

    Marshal Plan

  • "Sometimes the wastebasket is exposed," said Joel Joves, a designer with offices in Rancho Santa Fe and Beverly Hills.

    Boing Boing: October 6, 2002 - October 12, 2002 Archives

  • "Leave plate in wastebasket, Missy," he whispered hoarsely.

    Just Patty

  • Over in the wastebasket was a brown paper bag, rolled back as a sort of liner.

    the dirty duck

  • A wastebasket is a necessary piece to have in the bedroom of a baby and it is nice if it is able to match other items in the room.

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  • Adult attention deficit disorder is quickly becoming the new gay "wastebasket," or faddish diagnosis some doctors and patients are clinging to in an effort to keep up with our 24-7 culture.

    Advocate.com Daily News

  • Hyman said in an interview that one way the DSM currently handles this complexity is to have what he called a "wastebasket" diagnosis called "not otherwise specified" (NOS), which captures just about anything that doesn't easily fit the categorical model.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • “Could you fish that out of the wastebasket and tell me what it says?”

    The Good Fight

  • I would come upon him doing his night ritual if I went into the utility room to do something—throw away something in the large wastebasket or get a hammer or screwdriver or change the litter box.

    Animals in Reverse

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