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disposal1

[dih-spoh-zuh l] /dɪˈspoʊ zəl/
noun
1.
an act or instance of disposing; arrangement:
the disposal of the troops.
2.
a disposing of or getting rid of something:
the disposal of waste material.
3.
a disposing or allotting of, as by gift or sale; bestowal or assignment:
She left no will to indicate the disposal of her possessions.
4.
power or right to dispose of a thing; control:
left at his disposal.
Origin of disposal1
1620-1630
1620-30; dispose + -al2
Synonyms
4. command, direction, management.

disposal2

[dih-spoh-zuh l] /dɪˈspoʊ zəl/
noun
1.
an electrical device in the drain of a sink, for grinding up garbage to be washed down the drain.
Also called disposer.
Origin
short for garbage-disposal; see disposal1
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  • I have an hour at my disposal, and I would rather spend it here than anywhere else.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • All the other statues and drawings of your illustrious kinsman are at your disposal.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It may have a value for the family, and shall be at your disposal whenever you desire it.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • (b) What disposal should be made of meat from which stock is made?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Armed troops were probably at his disposal to help him in the discharge of his duties.

British Dictionary definitions for disposal

disposal

/dɪˈspəʊzəl/
noun
1.
the act or means of getting rid of something
2.
placement or arrangement in a particular order
3.
a specific method of tending to matters, as in business
4.
the act or process of transferring something to or providing something for another
5.
the power or opportunity to make use of someone or something (esp in the phrase at one's disposal)
6.
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
n.

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

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