Definitions for wastebasketˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt
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waste•bas•ketˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt(n.)
a standing open receptacle for trash. Also called waste′paper bas`ket.
Origin of wastebasket:
wastepaper basket, waste-paper basket, wastebasket, waste basket, circular file(noun)
a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
A receptacle for items that are to be discarded; a rubbish bin; a garbage can. Usually small and used indoors.
Origin: Compound of waste + basket.
a basket used in offices, libraries, etc., as a receptacle for waste paper