disposable


adjective

  1. designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up: disposable plastic spoons; a disposable cigarette lighter.
  2. free for use; available: Every disposable vehicle was sent.

noun

  1. something disposable after a single use, as a paper cup, plate, or napkin.

adjective

  1. designed for disposal after usedisposable cups
  2. available for use if neededdisposable assets

noun

  1. something, such as a baby’s nappy, that is designed for disposal
  2. (plural) short for disposable goods
adj.

1640s, “that may be done without;” see dispose + -able. Meaning “designed to be discarded after one use” is from 1943, originally of diapers, soon of everything; replaced throw-away (1928) in this sense. First recorded use of disposable income (preserving the older sense) is from 1948.

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