American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Designed to be disposed of after use: disposable diapers; disposable razors.
- adj. Remaining to a person after taxes have been deducted: disposable income.
- adj. Free for use; available: Every disposable piece of equipment was sent to the fire.
- n. An article, such as a paper diaper or hypodermic syringe, that can be disposed of after one use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Subject to disposal; that may be disposed of; free to be used or employed as occasion may require; available: as, disposable property; the whole disposable force of an army.
- n. Any object that is designed to be disposed of rather than refilled or repaired.
- adj. That can be disposed of.
- adj. That is designed to be discarded rather than refilled or repaired.
- adj. Available to be used.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Subject to disposal; free to be used or employed as occasion may require; not assigned to any service or use.
- adj. designed to be disposed of after use; -- of articles of commerce. The term implies that it is less expensive to manufacture a new one than to clean and recycle the used item to make it fit for use again; ;
disposablediapers; disposablegloves. Opposite of reusable.
- adj. designed to be disposed of after use
- adj. free or available for use or disposition
- n. an item that can be disposed of after it has been used
- dispose + -able (Wiktionary)
“I mean, get what I call a disposable e-mail address.”
“Worse yet, NASA appears to have resigned itself to the fact that splashing down in disposable spam cans is and will Forever be the way Astronauts will travel.”
“If our definition of human happiness has become: the satisfaction that derives from toting our consumables around in disposable plastic bags … then I think our conception of what it means to be happy could use a little work.”
“China, on the other hand, is experiencing a more rapid increase in disposable income, and has a preference for larger vehicles.”
“Children in disposable diapers are in gymnastics camp, Suzuki violin lessons and Mandarin classes.”
“The only reason I think NASA is interested in disposable ships is because its good for the industry.”
“Since so many people send in disposable manuscripts, I am relieved to be seeing the end to a great deal of wasted paper.”
“More than 30 variables were used to create a "resilience index", which looked at the strength of the business base, the working-age population, skill levels, average earnings, house prices, number of benefit claimants and the proportion of households vulnerable to declines in disposable income.”
“Lawmakers have proposed legislation to require buyers to provide identification to purchase certain disposable pre-paid cell phones, which law enforcement officials say is commonly used by drug dealers and other criminals to avoid tracking.”
“He also admitted that he's not one to revel -- at least not now -- in disposable fashion.”
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