dis·​pos·​al | \di-ˈspō-zəl \

Definition of disposal 

1 : the power or authority to make use of as one chooses : the power or authority to dispose of something The car was at my disposal.

2 : the act or process of disposing: such as

a : orderly placement or distribution the disposal of troops along the ridge

b : regulation, administration

c : the act or action of presenting or bestowing (see bestow sense 4) something disposal of favors the disposal of property

d : systematic destruction especially : destruction or transformation of garbage trash disposal the disposal of nuclear waste

3 [ garbage disposal unit ] : a device used to reduce waste matter (as by grinding) putting food scraps down the disposal

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Examples of disposal in a Sentence

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In addition to murder, the suspects each face charges of first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Slain Boy's Dad Talks Possible Motive in 'Brutal' Rape and Beating — and Pays Tribute to His Son," 10 July 2018 None of the defendants were charged criminally in connection with the disposal of Donald Webb’s remains, which were excavated on July 13, 2017. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "State officials smash multimillion-dollar gaming ring; gangster’s stepson was kingpin, prosecutors say," 28 June 2018 So why is Mexico still in peril, instead of being able to enjoy the fruits of its two outstanding performances — a tremendous 1-0 upset win over Germany and a resilient 2-1 disposal of South Korea? Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico could still face disaster in World Cup despite two wins," 24 June 2018 The dignified disposal of unserviceable flags in barrels is overseen by fire department representatives. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flag ceremonies set by American Legion Post 164 and Katy Elks Lodge 2628," 11 June 2018 Mining coal and the disposal of coal ash have their share of harmful impacts too. Basav Sen, Fortune, "Trump Thinks Propping Up Failing Coal Is a ‘National Security’ Emergency," 31 May 2018 Requirements call for disposal of deer carcasses along the state highway system (all numbered highways) within two business days after receiving a report of an animal having been struck and killed. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This is the second-worst time of year for deer accidents. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, and body shops are busy.," 30 May 2018 The company was accused of violating California health, safety and civil codes in its disposal of hazardous waste and customer records at its California facilities, including four warehouses and five retail stores in San Diego County. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cox settles hazardous waste, privacy suit with California for $3.3M," 24 May 2018 Cambodia has made its first arrest under a contentious lèse-majesté law that outlaws insulting the country’s monarchy, broadening the already extensive arsenal of repression at the disposal of the state. Eli Meixler, Time, "Cambodia Has Made Its First Arrest Under a Repressive New Law," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of disposal

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dis·​pos·​al | \dis-ˈpō-zəl \

Kids Definition of disposal

1 : the act of getting rid of trash disposal

2 : right or power to use : control I have money at my disposal.

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