- designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up: disposable plastic spoons; a disposable cigarette lighter.
- free for use; available: Every disposable vehicle was sent.
- something disposable after a single use, as a paper cup, plate, or napkin.
Origin of disposable
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Examples from the Web for disposable
In countries with rampant poverty, disposable hygiene products are a luxury.The Next Big Environmental Fight: Tampons?
May 2, 2014
In late 2009 Borkholder wrote a white paper proposal to DARPA that pitched a disposable blast gauge using a tiny pressure sensor.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries
March 23, 2014
Of course, this only follows if you have a certain level of disposable income in the first place.Aces High: Where to Buy Affordable Art
February 15, 2014
Disposable razors and cartridges accounted for a combined $2.95 billion in sales in 2013.After 100 Years, the Shaving Industry Is Finally being Disrupted
January 24, 2014
The more education and disposable income you have, the more likely you are to be reading on a digital device.New Pew Poll Finds That E-Books Are Booming but Print Holds Its Own
January 19, 2014
All our forces, disposable, are on the march for embarkation.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
These sons all were disposable, convertible to some aim or end.Mary Seaham, Volume 2 of 3
Elizabeth Caroline Grey
The other corps will be present with all their disposable force.The History of Cuba, vol. 3
Willis Fletcher Johnson
The extension of the French Empire has weakened the disposable force of France.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 1 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
He had neither watch in his pocket, nor ring on his finger, nor disposable stud in his shirt.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
- designed for disposal after usedisposable cups
- available for use if neededdisposable assets
- something, such as a baby's nappy, that is designed for disposal
- (plural) short for disposable goods
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Word Origin and History for disposable
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