waste of material


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Noun1.waste of material - a useless consumption of material
waste, wastefulness, dissipation - useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
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They were bad economists--I had never heard of such a waste of material.
The workers fulfilled the task, but not without voicing objections about the futility of the activity and the waste of material.
The firm also uses hot runners to avoid a large waste of material, but only when it offers a significant cost reduction to the customer.