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[dih-spoh-zuh l] /dɪˈspoʊ zəl/
an act or instance of disposing; arrangement:
the disposal of the troops.
a disposing of or getting rid of something:
the disposal of waste material.
a disposing or allotting of, as by gift or sale; bestowal or assignment:
She left no will to indicate the disposal of her possessions.
power or right to dispose of a thing; control:
left at his disposal.
Origin of disposal1
1620-30; dispose + -al2
4. command, direction, management.


[dih-spoh-zuh l] /dɪˈspoʊ zəl/
an electrical device in the drain of a sink, for grinding up garbage to be washed down the drain.
Also called disposer.
short for garbage-disposal; see disposal1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disposal
  • Battery manufacturers say there is no proof that current methods of disposal cause problems.
  • For proper disposal techniques, contact your local garbage-collection service or hardware store.
  • If you are able, fight back with any means at your disposal.
  • Remember to carry a plastic garbage bag for disposal of wet negatives.
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  • He treated the functions of whatever job he held as worthy of all the resources at the government's disposal.
  • disposal of some animal products in a garbage disposal is possible, but you must throw away bones.
  • We all understand that garbage disposal is a necessity.
  • And its production and disposal contribute to an array of environmental problems, too.
  • There is no hazardous material disposal area and no bomb squad to take the liquids to a safe disposal site.
British Dictionary definitions for disposal


the act or means of getting rid of something
placement or arrangement in a particular order
a specific method of tending to matters, as in business
the act or process of transferring something to or providing something for another
the power or opportunity to make use of someone or something (esp in the phrase at one's disposal)
a means of destroying waste products, as by grinding into particles
Also (for senses 2–5) disposition
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Word Origin and History for disposal

1620s, "power to make use of;" see dispose + -al (2); of waste material, from c.1960, originally in medical use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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