Definition of single-use in English:

single-use

adjective

  • Designed to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed.

    ‘billions of single-use cups are thrown into landfill sites every year’
    • ‘Regulations stipulate that all needles used in registered, accredited practices must be disposable, single-use needles.’
    • ‘Although efforts to divert single-use batteries from the waste stream are growing, only a patchwork of regulations currently exists, depending on where you live.’
    • ‘When feasible, single-use pads of iodine and alcohol should be used, thus eliminating the need for bottles.’
    • ‘A secondary target is consumers who haven't tried single-use cameras before.’
    • ‘Though some environmentalists say that single-use drink containers promote a throwaway mentality, the aseptic packaging industry argues that its product is used for more than just children's juices.’
    • ‘Manufacturing a typical "AA" single-use battery takes about 50 times as much energy as it provides, according to the UK's environmental agency.’
    • ‘Cleaning brushes should either be single-use or should be mechanically cleaned and disinfected after each use.’
    • ‘The new single-use fragrance packets are real lifesavers - and space savers, making it ever so convenient to smell good on the go.’
    • ‘Single-use, disposable atomizers are probably the best way to reduce possible cross-contamination.’
    • ‘Single-use diapers consume less water than reusables laundered at home, but more than those sent to a commercial diaper service.’
    • ‘He also claims that the single use disposable equipment is being re-used, rather than disposed of immediately.’
    • ‘Typically, mountains of wrapping paper, single-use cardboard decorations and forgotten plastic favors litter the host's house after the party.’
    • ‘Each year more than 150 billion single-use beverage containers are sold in the US.’
    • ‘Even if all 18,000,000,000 of the single-use diapers disposed of annually in the US were biodegradable, the public would still spend $300 million each year for their disposal.’
    • ‘Picture Yourself is a 4-inch tripod with its own timer that straps onto most single-use cameras.’
    • ‘We also reprocess for reuse some of the single-use devices that we manufacture.’
    • ‘Single-use needles make up a significant percentage of the disposable medical device market.’
    • ‘Since the late 1970s, glass use has been steadily replaced by plastics in the push toward single-use disposable packaging.’
    • ‘At this time, the manufacturer has the option of designating the product as single use or reusable.’
    • ‘The single-use container, a post-World War II phenomenon, has, among other things, helped to boost the distance the average food item now travels from field to table to over 1,500 miles.’
    disposable, throwaway, one use, single-use, replaceable
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