[gahr-bij] /ˈgɑr bɪdʒ/
discarded animal and vegetable matter, as from a kitchen; refuse.
any matter that is no longer wanted or needed; trash.
anything that is contemptibly worthless, inferior, or vile:
There’s nothing but garbage on TV tonight.
worthless talk; lies; foolishness.
Slang. any unnecessary item added to something else, as for appearance only; garnish:
I’ll have an Old Fashioned, but without the garbage.
useless artificial satellites or parts of rockets floating in space, as satellites that are no longer transmitting information or rocket boosters jettisoned in flight.
Computers. meaningless or unwanted data:
That program was not properly debugged and produced nothing but garbage.
worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
Also called rubbish. discarded or waste matter; refuse
(computing) invalid data
early 15c., “giblets of a fowl, waste parts of an animal,” later confused with garble in its sense of “siftings, refuse.” Perhaps some senses derive from Old French garbe “a bundle of sheaves, entrails,” from Proto-Germanic *garba- (cf. Dutch garf, German garbe “sheaf”), from PIE *ghrebh- “a handful, a grasp.” Sense of “refuse, filth” is first attested 1580s; used figuratively for “worthless stuff” from 1590s. Garbology “study of waste as a social science” is from 1976.
[fr British dialect, ”grandfather, godfather”; the dated meaning of the first sense is actually ”master, governor,” often synonyms of ”father”]
- Garbageabetical order
humour 1. The result of using an insertion sort to merge data into an unsorted list. 2. The state of any file or list that is supposed to be sorted, but is not. (1997-02-11)
noun 1. a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse. noun 1. (US & Canadian) a large, usually cylindrical container for refuse, esp one used by a household Also called ash bin, ash can, trash can, (in Britain (and certain other countries)) dustbin
- Garbage collect
- Garbage collection
noun 1. (computing) a systems routine for eliminating invalid or out-of-date data and releasing storage locations programming (GC) The process by which dynamically allocated storage is reclaimed during the execution of a program. The term usually refers to automatic periodic storage reclamation by the garbage collector (part of the run-time system), as opposed to explicit […]