wasting

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dabbing, daubing

Dressing a stone surface with a special pointed tool to produce a pitted appearance.

wasting

In stonecutting, splitting off the surplus stone with a wedge-shaped chisel (called a point), or with a pick, so that the faces of the stone are reduced to nearly plane surfaces; dabbing.
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When at last we were all assembled, waiting for dinner to be announced, I reflected, while I chatted with the woman I had been asked to "take in," that civilised man practises a strange ingenuity in wasting on tedious exercises the brief span of his life.
It is TOO bad to feel life, health, and beauty wasting away, unfelt and unenjoyed, for such a brute as that
Well, me and Tom Sawyer had the spring fever, and had it bad, too; but it warn't any use to think about Tom trying to get away, because, as he said, his Aunt Polly wouldn't let him quit school and go traipsing off somers wasting time; so we was pretty blue.