from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deserted by an owner or keeper; abandoned.
- adj. Run-down; dilapidated.
- adj. Neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss. See Synonyms at negligent.
- n. Abandoned property, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
- n. A homeless or jobless person; a vagrant.
- n. Law Land left dry by a permanent recession of the water line.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.
- adj. Negligent in performing a duty.
- n. Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
- n. An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.
- n. A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene. (This sense is a modern development of the preceding sense.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned.
- adj. Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.
- n. A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
- n. A tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Left; abandoned by the owner or guardian.
- Unfaithful; neglectful of requirement or responsibility: as, derelict in duty.
- n. That which is abandoned; in law, an article of goods or any commodity thrown away, relinquished, or abandoned by the owner; specifically, a vessel abandoned at sea.
- n. Land left dry by a change of the water-line.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ship abandoned on the high seas
- adj. worn and broken down by hard use
- adj. failing in what duty requires
- n. a person without a home, job, or property
- adj. in deplorable condition
- adj. forsaken by owner or inhabitants
Who wants to live in derelict, isolating urban sprawl, anyway?
Richards shows Brown agonising about how to raise the living standards of the poor – a concern that never animated Tony Blair – by finding stealthy means to fund public services, which, as he reminds us, were close to being in derelict when Labour took power.
Christ I still remember with fear when the dog handler used to get the probationers on night shift to hide for them in derelict bulidings or woodland -
Now that this derelict is discovered, that secret is at risk of being revealed.
In the background, as the hallway monitor told me an anecdote about street wise teachers who brought in derelict vehicles for a free paint job courtesy of teen vandals, was the mandatory Multiculturalism is Strength mural.
In general it has to be dumped in derelict and unguarded houses, where such of it as is not looted is ruined by damp.
Barge 202 was one of 34 so-called derelict vessels the Coast Guard monitors along the Columbia.
The derelict are the men and women in the mortgage business and the financial community.
Hundreds of fans stormed the gates and overwhelming security personnel - some of whom Ngoepe called derelict in their duties.
U-turn in government policy, Kangai told the Gazette that land classified as derelict would not be paid for.