from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Regulation, ordering, or arrangement, by right of power or possession; dispensation.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Synonyms and
  • n. Disposition, distribution.
  • n. 3 and Control, ordering, direction.

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

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


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