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land +‎ fill



landfill (third-person singular simple present landfills, present participle landfilling, simple past and past participle landfilled)

  1. (transitive) To dispose of (garbage) by burying it at a landfill site.

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A landfill site in Managua, Nicaragua.

landfill (countable and uncountable, plural landfills)

  1. (countable) A site at which refuse is buried under layers of earth.
  2. (uncountable) The material so disposed of.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%. That means about $165 billion was spent not on drumming up business, but on annoying people, creating landfill and cluttering spam filters.

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