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In a manner to be discerned, seen or discovered; visibly. – Hammond.


The act of discerning; discernment. – Spectator.


  1. Distinguishing; seeing; discovering; knowing; judging.
  2. adj. Having power to discern; capable of seeing, discriminating, knowing and judging; sharp-sighted; penetrating; acute; as, a discerning man or mind.


With discernment; acutely; with judgment; skillfully. – Garth.


The act of discerning; also, the power or faculty of the mind, by which it distinguishes one thing from another, as truth from falsehood, virtue from vice; acuteness of judgment; power of perceiving differences of things or ideas, and their relations and tendencies. The errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment.

DIS-CERP', v.t. [L. discerpo.]

To tear in pieces; to separate. [Not used.]


Capability or liableness to be torn asunder or disunited.

DIS-CERP'I-BLE, a. [L. discerpo; dis and carpo, to seize, to tear. In some dictionaries it is written discerptible, on the authority of Glanville and More; an error indeed, but of little consequence, as the word is rarely or never used.]

That may be torn asunder; separable; capable of being disunited by violence.


The act of pulling to pieces or of separating the parts.

DIS-CES'SION, n. [L. discessio.]

Departure. [Not used.] – Hall.


  1. An unloading, as of a ship; as, the discharge of a cargo.
  2. A throwing out; vent; emission; applied to a fluid, a flowing or issuing out, or a throwing out; as, the discharge of water from a spring, or from a spout; applied to fire-arms, an explosion; as, a discharge of cannon.
  3. That which is thrown out; matter emitted; as, a thin serous discharge; a purulent discharge.
  4. Dismission from office or service; or the writing which evidences the dismission. The general, the soldier, obtains a discharge.
  5. Release from obligation, debt or penalty; or the writing which is evidence of it; an acquittance; as, the debtor has a discharge.
  6. Absolution from a crime or accusation; acquittance. – South.
  7. Ransom; liberation; price paid for deliverance. Milton.
  8. Performance; execution; applied to an office, trust or duty. A good man is faithful in the discharge of his duties, public and private.
  9. Liberation; release from imprisonment or other confinement.
  10. Exemption; escape. There is no discharge in that war. – Eccles. viii.
  11. Payment, as of a debt.


To break up. The cloud, if it were oily or fatty, would not discharge. – Bacon.

DIS-CHARGE', v.t. [Fr. decharger; Sp. descargar; It. scaricare; dis and charge or cargo, from car, a cart or vehicle.]

  1. To unload, as a ship; to take out, as a cargo; applied both to the ship and the loading. We say, to discharge a ship; but more generally, to discharge a cargo or the lading of the ship.
  2. To free from any load or burden; to throw off or exonerate; as discharged of business. – Dryden.
  3. To throw off a load or charge; to let fly; to shoot; applied to fire-arms, as to discharge a pistol or a cannon; or to discharge a ball or grape-shot.
  4. To pay; as, to discharge a debt, a bond, a note.
  5. To send away, as a creditor by payment of what is due to him. He discharged his creditors.
  6. To free from claim or demand; to give an acquittance to, or a receipt in full, as to a debtor. The creditor discharged his debtor.
  7. To free from an obligation; as, to discharge a man from further duty or service; to discharge a surety.
  8. To clear from an accusation or crime; to acquit; to absolve; to set free; with of; as, to discharge a man of all blame. – Hooker.
  9. To throw off or out; to let fly; to give vent to; as, to discharge a horrible oath; to discharge fury or vengeance. – Shak. Pope.
  10. To perform or execute, as a duty or office considered as a charge. One man discharges the office of a sherif; another that of a priest. We are all bound to discharge the duties of piety, of benevolence and charity.
  11. To divest of an office or employment; to dismiss from service; as, to discharge a steward or a servant; to discharge a soldier or seaman; to discharge a jury.
  12. To dismiss; to release; to send away from any business or appointment. Discharge your powers to their several counties. – Shak.
  13. To emit or send out; as, an ulcer discharges pus; a pipe discharges water.
  14. To release; to liberate from confinement; as, to discharge a prisoner.
  15. To put away; to remove; to clear from; to destroy. In general, to throw off any load or encumbrance; to free or clear.


Unloaded; left off; shot; thrown out; dismissed from service; paid; released; acquitted; freed from debt or penalty; liberated; performed; executed.


  1. He that discharges in any manner.
  2. One who fires a gun.
  3. In electricity, an instrument for discharging a Leyden phial, jar, &c. by opening a communication between the two surfaces. – Cyc.


Unlading; letting fly; shooting; throwing out; emitting; dismissing from service; paying; releasing from debt, obligation or claim; acquitting; liberating; performing; executing.


To deprive of the rank of a church. – Hall.


Deprived of the rank of a church.

DIS-CIDE', v.t.

To divide; to cut in pieces. [Not used.]



DIS-CIND', v.t.

To cut in two. [Not used.] – Boyle.

DIS-CI'PLE, n. [L. discipulus, from disco, to learn.]

  1. A learner; a scholar; one who receives or professes to receive instruction from another; as the disciples of Plato.
  2. A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another. Hence the constant attendants of Christ were called his disciples; and hence all Christians are called his disciples, as they profess to learn and receive his doctrines and precepts.

DIS-CI'PLE, v.t.

  1. To teach; to train, or bring up. – Shak.
  2. To make disciples of; to convert to doctrines or principles. This authority he employed in sending missionaries to disciple all nations. – E. D. Griffin.
  3. To punish; to discipline. [Not in use.] – Spenser.


Taught; trained; brought up; made a disciple.


Becoming a disciple. Milton.