garbage: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (gär'bij), [key]
— n.
  1. discarded animal and vegetable matter, as from a kitchen; refuse.
  2. any matter that is no longer wanted or needed; trash.
  3. anything that is contemptibly worthless, inferior, or vile: There's nothing but garbage on TV tonight.
  4. worthless talk; lies; foolishness.
  5. any unnecessary item added to something else, as for appearance only; garnish: I'll have an Old Fashioned, but without the garbage.
  6. useless artificial satellites or parts of rockets floating in space, as satellites that are no longer transmitting information or rocket boosters jettisoned in flight.
  7. meaningless or unwanted data: That program was not properly debugged and produced nothing but garbage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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