dis·​pos·​able | \di-ˈspō-zə-bəl \

Definition of disposable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : subject to or available for disposal specifically : remaining to an individual after deduction of taxes and necessary living expenses disposable income

2 : designed to be used once or only a limited number of times and then thrown away disposable diapers Replace the disposable razor when the blade becomes dull.



Definition of disposable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is disposable

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disposability \-​ˌspō-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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Lenovo reps told us that its new Chromebook was developed because the company was seeing demand for Chromebooks from users with a bit more disposable income. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft," 1 Sep. 2018 Decidedly less elite than the rentiers, they were attracted not by the potential to spend disposable income but by the natural canvas the region presented. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 For instance, Neufeld owed $25.68 for a disposable filter under his Cigna plan, while the supplier was paid $7.50. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 Yet, despite all of the delicious spectacle and heavy lifting by American treasure Sarah Paulson playing multiple characters, the episode capped off season that ultimately felt a little disposable. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Stock up on no-water antibacterial wipes, matches, disposable cutlery, plastic wrap and dry ice so that everyone can eat and drink, free from harm. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence-proof your kitchen with these three tips," 13 Sep. 2018 The perfect logo is there, not just on the building’s façade but now imprinted on charming disposable cloth cocktail napkins that tear off a roll. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 The attraction had already ditched disposable water bottles and plastic bags in gift shops. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 The swarms of low-cost, disposable flying objects could perform tasks that no single spacecraft can do on its own. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ditch disposables Instead of single-use items, choose their counterparts that your great-grandparents would have used like cloth napkins, handkerchiefs, dishrags and dishtowels, and real cutlery and flatware. Mandy Ferreira, Good Housekeeping, "17 Ways To Produce Less Trash And Save Money—According To Zero Wasters," 12 July 2017 Studies estimate that one-quarter of all waste produced in California is from single-use food and beverage disposables, which reportedly can take centuries to decompose. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "California city wants to charge for every disposable takeout container," 26 Apr. 2018 Advocates of the Berkeley proposal point to studies that estimate one-quarter of all waste produced in California is from single-use food and beverage disposables. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley may slap charge on disposable food containers," 25 Apr. 2018 For meetings, the firm uses real dishes instead of disposables. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Going green isn't just for the Eagles: Area workplaces embrace sustainability," 15 Mar. 2018 Yelchin mainly worked in portraiture, and always used film, whether with disposables or his Leica. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Meet Anton Yelchin, Photographer," 15 Dec. 2017 Before Kotex sanitary napkins hit the market in 1921, most women relied on homemade cloth pads (although some storemade cloth pads and disposables had been on offer since the late 1880s.) Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads," 11 Aug. 2017 Enamelware, stainless steel and bamboo make great substitutes for disposables. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Ashley English’s 5 tips for awesome picnics," 9 June 2017 While older, the F-16s have the advantage of being cheaper to fly and semi-disposable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Turned an F-16 Fighter Into a Drone," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of disposable


1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disposable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made to be used once or only a few times : made to be thrown away after one use or several uses

: available to be used



English Language Learners Definition of disposable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is made to be thrown away after it is used once


dis·​pos·​able | \dis-ˈpō-zə-bəl \

Kids Definition of disposable

: made to be thrown away after use disposable diapers

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