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waste·land

 (wāst′lănd′)
n.
1. Land that is desolate, barren, or ravaged.
2. Something that is lacking in intellectual or cultural substance: a critic who considers pop music a cultural wasteland.
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wasteland

(ˈweɪstˌlænd)
n
1. (Human Geography) a barren or desolate area of land, not or no longer used for cultivation or building
2. a region, period in history, etc, that is considered spiritually, intellectually, or aesthetically barren or desolate: American television is a cultural wasteland.
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waste•land

(ˈweɪstˌlænd)

n.
1. land that is uncultivated or barren.
2. an area that is devastated, as by flood or war.
3. something, as a locality, that is spiritually or intellectually barren.
[1630–40]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wasteland - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivationwasteland - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
heathland, heath - a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
wild, wilderness - a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition; "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"
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wasteland

noun wilderness, waste, wild, desert, void Pollution has already turned vast areas into a wasteland.
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wasteland

noun
A tract of unproductive land:
badlands, barren (often used in plural), desert, waste, wilderness.
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Translations

wasteland

[ˈweɪstlænd] N
1. (undeveloped) → terreno m baldío or yermo, tierra f baldía or yerma; (uncultivated) → erial m
industrial wastelandterreno m industrial baldío
2. (fig) → desierto m
a cultural wastelandun desierto cultural
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wasteland

[ˈweɪstlænd] n
(= waste ground) (in country)terres fpl à l'abandon; (in town)terrain m vague
(fig) (= desert) → désert mwaste materials npldéchets mpl
waste materials from the oil industry → les déchets de l'industrie pétrolièrewastepaper basket [weɪstˈpeɪpər] ncorbeille f à papierwaste pipe n(tuyau m de) vidange fwaste products npl
déchets mpl
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wasteland

[ˈweɪstˌlænd] nterra desolata
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References in classic literature ?
Below them they saw the dense vegetation of the jungle give place to the scantier growth upon the hillside, and then before them there spread the wide expanse of arid wastelands marked by the deep scarring of the narrow gorges that long-gone rivers had cut there in some forgotten age.
At the foot of the hill lay wasteland over which a few groups of our Cossack scouts were moving.
For two days they drifted over this horrid wasteland. They were without food or water and suffered accordingly.
Land degradation is a serious problem; it can be controlled by afforestation practices on available wastelands in more scientific way [9,10] and keep natural ecosystem in harmony and maintain ecological balance.
Each of these panchayat level BEZs established on wastelands are optimized to generate 10 Mw and 14 million litres of biodiesel, along with nearly 1,400 farm labour jobs through the 60-year productive life of the BEZ.
Victorian wastelands; apocalyptic discourse in nineteenth-century poetry.
LAHORE, July 26, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Wetlands are usually regarded as wastelands by many people and a major effort is clearly needed through education to change the attitude of entire societies.
Officers have responded to concerns about off-road motocross activity on the wastelands near Palmerston Drive in Oldbury, and have seized a number of motorcycles, significantly reducing the problem.
There are long sections on the Baedeker raids and the retaliatory strikes; on the destruction of Warsaw; on the eradication of Armenian and Greek culture in Turkey and Northern Cyprus; on the miserable events of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavian states; on the wastelands created either side of military barriers; and of course on the major sources of conflict in the Middle East from Ur to Nablus.
Lawrence's Saudi Arabia, Saint-Exupery's Sahara, or the deserts of the American Southwest--not to mention the metaphorical wastelands traversed by St.
Anyone who watched the 2003 television coverage of coalition troops hurtling across barren desert wastelands through raging dust storms saw the legendary marshes of Iraq--at least what was left of them.