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

the disposal of nuclear waste trash disposal is on Wednesday in our neighborhood

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Plastic pollution is more about improper disposal than plastic itself. Camille Harmer, Fortune, "How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse," 12 July 2018 Each is charged with first-degree murder and improper disposal of human skeletal remains. Fox News, "Video shows couple buying tools used to dismember woman," 12 June 2018 But the agency will not focus on exposures that occur from traces of the chemical found in drinking water in 44 states as a result of improper disposal over decades, the EPA documents say. Eric Lipton, BostonGlobe.com, "The chemical industry scores a big win at the EPA," 7 June 2018 But the agency will not focus on exposures that occur from traces of the chemical found in drinking water in 44 states as a result of improper disposal over decades, the E.P.A. documents say. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.," 7 June 2018 Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Deputies charged 19-year-old Breanna Lewis with improper disposal of human remains Wednesday afternoon. Kristi O'connor, charlotteobserver, "Baby's body found stuffed in a garbage bag, diaper box then tossed in the woods," 31 May 2018 On April 21, 2018, McGinnis was charged by the New Jersey State Police with murder, kidnapping, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, improper disposal of human remains and destruction of evidence. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Suspect charged with murder, kidnapping of missing 20-year-old Cody MacPherson," 24 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors accepted Kent's guilty pleas to improper disposal of a body and felony animal cruelty. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Virginia man who hid girlfriend's body, drowned her cats sentenced," 11 Apr. 2018 Particularly because of its accessible location, the area now faces a slew of predictable problems: trash, improper disposal of human waste, resource damage from off-trail wanderings. Rebecca Worby, Outside Online, "Lessons from Horseshoe Bend on How to Save Our Parks," 29 Mar. 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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