Definition of perishable in English:


Syllabification: per·ish·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈperiSHəbəl


  • 1(Especially of food) likely to decay or go bad quickly.
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    • Check use-by dates on packaging and pay particular attention to perishable foods, such as vacuum packed smoked salmon or ham and dairy products.
    • The Pot-in-pot system allows perishable food to be kept for long periods.
    • Soon many of you will be going away to school and will have to, for the first, brave the world of perishable food items.
  • 1.1(Of something abstract) having a brief life or significance; transitory: ballet is the most perishable of arts
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    • Second, the performing arts are also perishable products that cannot be returned or resold.
    • Nobody can predict future opinions on so perishable an art as that of the motion picture.
    • If books are not the most perishable products of human civilization, they have, throughout recorded history, attracted the homicidal attentions of every conquering army.


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  • Things, especially foodstuffs, likely to decay or go bad quickly.
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    • Imagine how much easier food storage and transportation would be if perishables didn't have to be refrigerated.
    • The most likely option is to continue to have the perishables delivered as they currently are instead of integrating them into configured loads.
    • We have refrigerators, but we'd like to get a big plastic-wrapping machine so we could preserve the perishables longer.



Pronunciation: /ˌperiSHəˈbilitē/
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  • It is a deeply accomplished and intelligent film about the fragility and perishability of love.
  • But with the kind of sales we're seeing there isn't much concern about perishability.
  • The same concept of perishability applies to the technology embedded in exported goods.

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