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DIS-PLEAS'URE, n. [displezh'ure.]

  1. Some irritation or uneasiness of the mind, occasioned by any thing that counteracts desire or command, or which opposes justice and a sense of propriety. A man incurs the displeasure of another by thwarting his views or schemes; a servant incurs the displeasure of his master by neglect or disobedience; we experience displeasure at any violation of right or decorum. Displeasure is anger, but it may be slight anger. It implies disapprobation or hatred, and usually expresses less than vexation and indignation. Thus, slighter offenses give displeasure, although they may not excite a violent passion.
  2. Offense; cause of irritation. Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. – Judges xv.
  3. State of disgrace or disfavor. He went into Poland, being in displeasure with the pope for overmuch familiarity. – Peacham.


To displease. [An unnecessary word, and not used.] – Bacon.

DIS'PLI-CENCE, n. [L. displicentia.]

Dislike. [Not in use.] – Mountague.

DIS-PLODE', v.i.

To burst with a loud report; to explode; as, a meteor disploded with a tremendous sound.

DIS-PLODE', v.t. [L. displodo; dis and plaudo, to break forth.]

To vent, discharge or burst with a violent sound. In posture to displode their second tire / Of thunder. – Milton.


Discharged with a loud report.


Discharging or bursting with a loud report.

DIS-PLO'SION, n. [s as z.]

The act of disploding; a sudden bursting with a loud report; an explosion.


Noting displosion.

DIS-PLUME', v.t. [dis and plume.]

To strip or deprive of plumes or feathers; to strip of badges of honor. – Burke.


Stripped of plumes.


Depriving of plumes.


In Greek and Latin poetry, a double spondee, consisting of four long syllables. – Encyc.

DIS-PORT', n. [dis and sport.]

Play; sport; pastime; diversion; amusement; merriment. – Milton. Hayward.

DIS-PORT', v.i.

To play; to wanton; to move lightly and without restraint; to move in gayety; as, lambs disporting on the mead. Where light disports in ever mingling dyes. – Pope.

DIS-PORT', v.t.

To remove from a port. – Chalmers.

DIS-PORT', v.t.

To divert or amuse; as, he disports himself. – Shak.


Played; moved lightly and without restraint.


Playing; wantoning.


Act of disporting; play. – More.

DIS-PO'SA-BLE, a. [See Dispose.]

Subject to disposal; not previously engaged or employed; free to be used or employed as occasion may require. The whole disposable force consisted in a regiment of light infantry, and a troop of cavalry.

DIS-PO'SAL, n. [See Dispose.]

  1. The act of disposing; a setting or arranging. This object was effected by the disposal of the troops in two lines.
  2. Regulation, order or arrangement of things, in the moral government of God; dispensation. Tax not divine disposal. – Milton.
  3. Power of ordering; arranging or distributing; government; management; as, an agent is appointed, and every thing is left to his disposal. The effects in my hands are entirely at my disposal.
  4. Power or right of bestowing. Certain offices are at the disposal of the president. The father has the disposal of his daughter in marriage.
  5. The passing into a new state or into new hands.


  1. Disposal; power of disposing; management. [Obs.] – Shak.
  2. Dispensation; act of government. [Obs.] – Milton.
  3. Disposition; cast of behavior. [Obs.] – Shak.
  4. Disposition; cast of mind; inclination. [Obs.] – Shak.

DIS-POSE', v.i.

To bargain; to make terms. [Obs.] – Shak.

DIS-POSE', v.t. [dispo'ze; Fr. disposer; dis and poser, to place; Arm. disposi; L. dispositus, dispono.]

  1. To set; to place or distribute; to arrange; used with reference to order. The ships were disposed in the form of a crescent. The general disposed his troops in three lines. The trees are disposed in the form of a quincunx.
  2. To regulate; to adjust; to set in right order. – Job xxxiv. and xxxvii. The knightly forms of combat to dispose. – Dryden.
  3. To apply to a particular purpose; to give; to place; to bestow; as, you have disposed much in works of public piety. In this sense, to dispose of is more generally used.
  4. To set, place or turn to a particular end or consequence. Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose / To future good our past and present woes. – Dryden.
  5. To adapt; to form for any purpose. Then must thou thee dispose another way. – Hubberd's Tale.
  6. To set the mind in a particular frame; to incline. Avarice disposes men to fraud and oppression. Suspicion disposes kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy. – Bacon. He was disposed to pass into Achaia. – Acts xviii. 1 Cor. x. 27 To dispose of, to part with; to alienate; as, the man has disposed of his house, and removed. #2. To part with to another; to put into another's hand or power; to bestow; as, the father has disposed of his daughter to a man of great worth. #3. To give away or transfer by authority. A rural judge disposed of beauty's prize. – Waller. #4. To direct the course of a thing. – Prov. xvi. #5. To place in any condition; as, how will you dispose of your son? #6. To direct what to do or what course to pursue; as, they know not how to dispose of themselves. #7. To use or employ; as, they know not how to dispose of their time. #8. To put away. The stream supplies more water than can be disposed of.