con·​sum·​able | \ kən-ˈsü-mə-bəl How to pronounce consumable (audio) \

Definition of consumable

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: capable of being consumed consumable goods



Definition of consumable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as food or fuel) that is consumable usually used in plural

Examples of consumable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some have drawers to hold the patient's consumable medical items, like syringes and tubing. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "Inside the flying military hospital that’s treating COVID-19 patients," 30 Mar. 2020 For the general public, movies seem more and more accessible these days, watchable on a tablet or a phone, consumable at a pace under their control. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is Hitting One Part of Hollywood Especially Hard," 23 Mar. 2020 In the years since, Fallon (and compatriots like Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, James Corden, and Samantha Bee) have engineered their shows to be consumable as YouTube clips. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Decade That YouTube Changed TV," 27 Dec. 2019 There were also plenty of non-consumable handmade items, great gifts for the upcoming holidays. Annie Gentile,, "Winter Market Kicks Off At The YMCA," 9 Dec. 2019 The real launching point, though, is when the FDA allows CBD to be put into real consumable products. David Eggert, Fortune, "Legal Hemp and CBD Stir Farmers to Grow Unfamiliar Crop," 21 Nov. 2019 So far, no one has given me a good option to use for materials that would be safe for consumable food. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Can I prune rhododendrons in the fall?," 28 Sep. 2019 But that’s exactly Monroe’s point: women’s deaths — a specific kind of young, white woman’s death, that is — are depoliticized, and thus more easily consumable as media. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Month in Books: ‘I Don’t Want To Become a Giant Insect!’," 18 Sep. 2019 Rich borrowers don’t spend their interest savings, which tends to keep demand for consumable goods in check. Washington Post, "How to Stop Rising Inequality in the Next Recession," 16 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jabil is helping customers quickly scale production for medical and surgical devices, diagnostic equipment and consumables, and pharmaceutical delivery systems. Fortune, "How Fortune 500 companies are utilizing their resources and expertise during the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Past proposals have called for 3D printing with Sorel cement, which requires significant amounts of chemicals and water (consumables), and a rocklike material that would require both water and phosphoric acid as a liquid binder. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Future astronauts could use their own urine to help build moon bases," 31 Mar. 2020 The supply chain for consumables isn’t as broad as the ones for apparel, home goods and electronics. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Amazon to hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery employees as it struggles to meet demand," 16 Mar. 2020 Three-fourths of Dollar General’s sales are groceries and other consumables. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Lists of the Top 20 retailers separated by a transformative decade," 2 Jan. 2020 Those people are essentially entirely reliant for secure access to food, medical consumables, books that appear in schools, spare parts for water cisterns, for everything basically, on the cross-border operation. Joseph Hincks / Gaziantep, Time, "The Turkish Invasion of Syria Shows the U.N. Is Struggling to Keep Up With Humanitarian Crises," 14 Oct. 2019 The store showcases a new format with affordably priced furniture, seasonal, home, food and consumables goods. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Understory debuts food hall in downtown Houston," 9 Aug. 2019 Storing consumables — for weeks, not just a few days — has been central to civilization since pre-history, whether it’s water, materials, food, or fuel. Mark P. Mills, National Review, "The Nobel Committee Dreams of a Post-Fossil-Fuel Future," 21 Oct. 2019 With the support from contractors and universities, the flight control team demonstrated considerable ingenuity under pressure, overcoming the challenges of low power, limited water and lack of other consumables. Deb Kiner |, al, "Historic photos of Apollo 13’s aborted but miraculous mission," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of consumable


1547, in the meaning defined above


1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Consumable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consumable

used to describe products that need to be replaced after they have been used for a period of time

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