What does waster mean?

Definitions for waster
ˈweɪ stərwaster

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wastrel, wasternoun

    someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

  2. destroyer, ruiner, undoer, waster, uprooternoun

    a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to

    "a destroyer of the environment"; "jealousy was his undoer"; "uprooters of gravestones"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wasternoun

    One that consumes dissolutely and extravagantly; a squanderer; vain consumer.

    Etymology: from waste.

    Divers Roman knights,
    The profuse wasters of their patrimonies,
    So threatned with their debts, as they will now
    Run any desperate fortune. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Plenty, in their own keeping, makes them wanton and careless, and teaches them to be squanderers and wasters. John Locke.

    Upon cards and dice never learn any play, and so be incapacitated for those encroaching wasters of useful time. John Locke.

    Sconces are great wasters of candles. Jonathan Swift.


  1. waster

    A waster generally refers to an individual or something that wastes, misuses, or squanders resources, time, or potential. It could also refer to an object, such as a sword used for training in martial arts, which is designed to be expendable or nonlethal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wasterverb

    one who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal

  2. Wasterverb

    an imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; -- called also a thief

  3. Wasterverb

    a kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil

  4. Etymology: [OE. wastour, OF. wasteor, gasteor. See Waste, v. t.]


  1. Waster

    A waster is a practice weapon, usually a sword, and usually made out of wood, though nylon wasters are also available. The use of wood or nylon instead of metal provides an economic and safe option for initial weapons training and sparring, at some loss of genuine experience. A weighted waster may be used for a sort of strength training, making the movements of using an actual sword comparatively easier and quicker. Wasters as wooden practice weapons have been found in a variety of cultures over a number of centuries, including ancient China, Ireland, Scotland, Rome, Egypt, medieval and renaissance Europe, Japan, and into the modern era in Europe and the United States. Over the course of time, wasters took a variety of forms not necessarily influenced by chronological succession, ranging from simple sticks to clip-point dowels with leather basket hilts to careful replicas of real swords. Used commonly in the modern historical martial arts reconstruction community, the term refers to wasters fashioned to resemble western European weapons like the longsword or arming sword. Historically, the term "waster" was used in English to refer to cudgels or clubs used as weapons, in addition to wooden swords. The increasingly popular historical martial arts reconstruction groups, as well as the live action role-playing and renaissance festival groups, have provided an ample market for commercial waster retailers. As the martial art has grown and academic interest has risen in weapons other than the longsword and arming sword, other types of wasters have been produced commercially.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Waster

    wās′tėr, n. a wooden sword for practising fencing with: (Scot.) a leister.—Play at wasters, to practise fencing. [Ety. dub.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. waster

    A kind of trident used for striking salmon in the north.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waster in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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