Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A particular order, distribution, or placement.
  • noun A particular method of attending to or settling matters.
  • noun Transference by gift or sale.
  • noun The act or process of getting rid of something.
  • noun An electric device installed below a sink that grinds garbage so it can be flushed away.
  • noun The liberty or power to dispose of something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of disposing or placing; a setting or arranging; disposition or arrangement: as, the disposal of the troops in two lines; the disposal of books in a library.
  • noun A disposing of by bestowal, alienation, riddance, etc.: as, the disposal of money by will; the disposal of a daughter in marriage; the disposal of an estate by sale; the disposal of sewage.
  • noun Regulation, ordering, or arrangement, by right of power or possession; dispensation.
  • noun Power or right to dispose of or control: preceded usually by at, sometimes by in or to: as, everything is left at, in, or to his disposal; the results are at or in the disposal of Providence.
  • noun Synonyms and
  • noun Disposition, distribution.
  • noun 3 and Control, ordering, direction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of disposing, or disposing of, anything; arrangement; orderly distribution; a putting in order.
  • noun Ordering; regulation; adjustment; management; government; direction.
  • noun Regulation of the fate, condition, application, etc., of anything; the transference of anything into new hands, a new place, condition, etc.; alienation, or parting.
  • noun Power or authority to dispose of, determine the condition of, control, etc., especially in the phrase at, or in, the disposal of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An arrangement, categorization or classification of things
  • noun a disposing of or getting rid of something
  • noun the power to use something or someone

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the power to use something or someone
  • noun a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
  • noun a kitchen appliance for disposing of garbage
  • noun the act or means of getting rid of something

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Besides the material at my disposal is all too sparse and mundane, I possess a few details about my characters and those details are not very revealing; details that stem from me only to return to me; the craft of carpentery. '

    The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector

  • Besides the material at my disposal is all too sparse and mundane, I possess a few details about my characters and those details are not very revealing; details that stem from me only to return to me; the craft of carpentery. '

    The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector

  • Besides the material at my disposal is all too sparse and mundane, I possess a few details about my characters and those details are not very revealing; details that stem from me only to return to me; the craft of carpentery. '

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  • All you have at your disposal is your ingenuity, and one of those [...]

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Possibilities offered by satellite navigation

  • All you have at your disposal is your ingenuity, and one of those next-generation mobile phones fitted with satellite-navigation and loaded with a gaming database that maps a fantasy universe on to real-world locations.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Possibilities offered by satellite navigation

  • He noted that the panel's final report wasn't due until January and said "we are committed to finding a sustainable approach to assuring safe, secure long-term disposal of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste."

    Nuclear-Waste Costs Go Critical

  • Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the Department of Energy, said "we fully intend to meet our contractual obligations for long-term disposal of these materials."

    Nuclear-Waste Costs Go Critical

  • They must demonstrate that the intelligence of mankind to-day, with the mechanical energy now at its disposal, is capable of organizing society so that food and shelter be made automatic, labor be reduced to a three-hour day, and joy and laughter be made universal.

    Goliah

  • Republicans called for Gregory Jaczko, head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to step down after it was revealed he had "unilaterally" moved to stop work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump -- a project for a long-term disposal site that has been in the works for decades, but that President Obama vowed in 2009 to end.

    Mason Inman: The Climate Post: Ethanol Tax Breaks Survive, but Vote May Have "Broken the Dam"

  • Republicans called for Gregory Jaczko, head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to step down after it was revealed he had "unilaterally" moved to stop work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump -- a project for a long-term disposal site that has been in the works for decades, but that President Obama vowed in 2009 to end.

    Mason Inman: The Climate Post: Ethanol Tax Breaks Survive, but Vote May Have "Broken the Dam"

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