disposal

noun 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
c :the act or action of presenting or bestowing (see bestow 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

Examples of disposal in a Sentence

  1. the disposal of nuclear waste

  2. trash disposal is on Wednesday in our neighborhood

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First Known Use of disposal

1630



DISPOSAL Defined for Kids

disposal

noun dis·pos·al \ dis-ˈpō-zəl \

Definition of disposal for Students

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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