dis·​pos·​able | \ di-ˈspō-zə-bəl How to pronounce disposable (audio) \

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 \ di-​ˌspō-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce disposable (audio) \ noun

Examples of disposable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Avoid handling birds, but if necessary, do so with disposable gloves and place dead birds in a sealable plastic bag for disposal. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 29 June 2021 Clean feeders and bird baths with a 10% bleach solution. Avoid handling birds, but wear disposable gloves if handling is necessary. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 24 June 2021 Environmental agencies recommend basic precautions including avoiding the handling of birds but wearing disposable gloves if necessary, keeping pets away from birds, and cleaning feeders with bleach. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Using disposable gloves will help prevent the butter from melting too quickly, as handling the pie dough directly with bare hands will cause the butter in the dough to melt much more quickly, making the dough sticky. Beth Segal, cleveland, 4 June 2021 The disposable gloves can be used for preparing and handling food in general. Chris Hachey, BGR, 5 May 2021 For example, your $12 can buy a 30 surgical face masks and 30 pairs of disposable gloves. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 3 May 2021 That includes such items as face masks, disinfectants, hand soap, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, air purifiers and physical barriers such as clear plexiglass. Tom Herman, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Both restaurants provided plastic bibs with their logo, as well as disposable gloves and they were needed. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Until recently, the chain offered slight discounts when customers brought in their own mugs to encourage using those instead of disposables. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 9 Mar. 2020 But the holes in the government’s flavor ban have merely opened the door to an array of competing brands that produce disposables, like Puff Bars, blu, Posh, and Stig. Sheila Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Feb. 2020 Festivals’ move toward reusable wares has been prompted in part by a new California law encouraging a clampdown on plastic waste from disposables. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, 4 Aug. 2019 That was part of Hubble’s motivation — lenses, especially daily disposables, can be expensive, and the major manufacturers have been accused of anticompetitive practices in recent years. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, 21 July 2019 And there are significant knock-on effects of improper disposable: many of the drugs identified in the 2017 study are known to kill, harm the health of, or change the behavior of fish, insects and other wildlife. Elijah Wolfson, Time, 30 Dec. 2019 Reduce use of paper products and disposables — Be environmentally friendly. Maria Ward, Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 There’s also the question of how environmentally friendly reusable dishware actually is, compared with disposables. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, 4 Aug. 2019 But they’re all considerably bigger than regular disposables. Anna Momigliano, Washington Post, 27 June 2019

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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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The first known use of disposable was in 1643

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“Disposable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disposable. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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
somewhat formal : 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 How to pronounce disposable (audio) \

Kids Definition of disposable

: made to be thrown away after use disposable diapers

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