What does perishable mean?

Definitions for perishable
ˈpɛr ɪ ʃə bəlper·ish·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perishable, spoilableadjective

    food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated

  2. perishableadjective

    liable to perish; subject to destruction or death or decay

    "this minute and perishable planet"; "perishable foods such as butter and fruit"


  1. perishablenoun

    That which perishes or is short-lived.

  2. perishablenoun

    food that does not keep for long.

  3. perishableadjective

    Liable to perish, especially naturally subject to quick decomposition or decay.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perishableadjective

    Liable to perish; subject to decay; of short duration.

    Etymology: from perish.

    We derogate from his eternal power to ascribe to them the same dominion over our immortal souls, which they have over all bodily substances and perishable natures. Walter Raleigh.

    To these purposes nothing can so much contribute as medals of undoubted authority not perishable by time, nor confined to any certain place. Addison.

    It is princes greatest present felicity to reign in their subjects hearts; but these are too perishable to preserve their memories, which can only be done by the pens of faithful historians. Jonathan Swift.

    Human nature could not sustain the reflection of having all its schemes and expectations to determine with this frail and perishable composition of flesh and blood. John Rogers.

    Thrice has he seen the perishable kind
    Of men decay. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. perishable

    Decomposition or rot is the process by which dead organic substances are broken down into simpler organic or inorganic matter such as carbon dioxide, water, simple sugars and mineral salts. The process is a part of the nutrient cycle and is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biosphere. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Animals, such as worms, also help decompose the organic materials. Organisms that do this are known as decomposers or detritivores. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. The science which studies decomposition is generally referred to as taphonomy from the Greek word taphos, meaning tomb. Decomposition can also be a gradual process for organisms that have extended periods of dormancy.One can differentiate abiotic decomposition from biotic decomposition (biodegradation). The former means "the degradation of a substance by chemical or physical processes", e.g., hydrolysis; the latter means "the metabolic breakdown of materials into simpler components by living organisms", typically by microorganisms.


  1. perishable

    Perishable refers to any item, especially food or goods, that has a limited lifespan or shelf life and can spoil, decay, deteriorate or become unsafe or unsuitable for consumption or use after a certain period of time, especially without proper storage or handling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perishableadjective

    liable to perish; subject to decay, destruction, or death; as, perishable goods; our perishable bodies

  2. Etymology: [F. prissable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perishable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perishable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of perishable in a Sentence

  1. H Hahn Blavatsky:

    Desire nothing, Chafe not at fate, nor at Nature's changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable.

  2. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman:

    Community trust is a precious but perishable commodity that must be nurtured, otherwise, the hard work of building that trust can be eaten away in a few seconds.

  3. Monica Viego-Rodriguez:

    I haven't even seen a truck nearby. Polls are still down lines are down, I really have no idea. And it's been slowly coming back around the metro area, but I feel like my area has been forgotten. She said she does n’t know what the future will bring. Right now, we're scared about Puerto Rico's future. This is really, really serious for us, we don't know what's going to happen with us in the future. We don't know if we're going to keep getting some aid some help – it's scary for us. Help from U.S. mainland power companies has been coming in waves for months. But Monica Viego-Rodriguez still hasn't seen a light come on anywhere in Monica Viego-Rodriguez neighborhood since the hurricanes hit last fall. Monica Viego-Rodriguez can only buy perishable foods for Monica Viego-Rodriguez family that they can eat the same day.There is nowhere to store food other than a cooler that she keeps filled with ice on her balcony. More than 470,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, causing an estimated $ 140 billion in damages. As Puerto Rico experiences the longest and most devastating blackout in American history, 1,000 utility trucks and 1,500 workers from 22 electric companies from all over the U.S. are arriving on the island this week to help the existing crews on the job restore power. As crews carve their way through the catastrophic damage, their progress is slow. But they met a major milestone this month when 1 million customers had their power restored, and utility crews say they won't stop until everyone is back on line. Help from U.S. mainland power companies has been coming in waves for months. But some Puerto Rico residents say they still haven't seen a light come on anywhere in their neighborhood since the hurricanes hit last fall. ( REUTERS) There is no set timeframe, we're just here for the long haul.

  4. Isabel Maples:

    Perishable foods should not be out for more than one hour when it's hot out, and that includes the time traveling to the beach if the food is unrefrigerated in your vehicle's trunk.

  5. Staples Center president Lee Zeidman:

    We will catalog and box up all the non-perishable items like T-shirts, letters, basketballs, other toys, stuffed animals, and we're going to put them in containers and ship them to Kobe Bryant and the family.

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  • vergänglich, verderblich, leichtverderblichGerman
  • efímero, perecedero, caducoSpanish
  • pilaantuva, tuoretuoteFinnish
  • périssableFrench
  • deperibileItalian
  • 腐りやすいJapanese
  • beperkt houdbaar, bederfelijkDutch
  • lettbederveligNorwegian
  • perecívelPortuguese
  • скоропортящийся, смертный, портящийся, тленный, преходящий, бренныйRussian

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