Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Disperse transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dispersed
; present participle & verbal noun Dispersing
.] [ Latin dispersus
, past participle of dispergere
to strew, scatter. See Sparse
.] 1. To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. Prov. xv. 7.
Two lions, in the still, dark night, Cowper. 2. To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to disperse vapors.
A herd of beeves disperse .
Dispersed are the glories. Shak. Syn.
-- To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse; distribute; deal out; disseminate.
Disperse intransitive verb 1. To separate; to go or move into different parts; to vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the clouds disperse . 2. To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with others.
He hath dispersed , he hath given to the poor. Ps. cxii. 9.
Dispersed adjective Scattered. -- Dis*pers"ed*ly adverb -- Dis*pers"ed*ness , noun Dispersed harmony (Mus.) , harmony in which the tones composing the chord are widely separated, as by an octave or more.
Disperseness noun Dispersedness. [ Obsolete]
Disperser noun One that disperses.
[ Confer French dispersion
.] 1. The act or process of scattering or dispersing, or the state of being scattered or separated; as, the Jews in their dispersion retained their rites and ceremonies; a great dispersion of the human family took place at the building of Babel.
The days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished. Jer. xxv. 34. 2. (Opt.) The separation of light into its different colored rays, arising from their different refrangibilities. Dispersion of the optic axes (Crystallog.)
, the separation of the optic axes in biaxial crystals, due to the fact that the axial angle has different values for the different colors of the spectrum.
Dispersive adjective Tending to disperse. Dispersive power (Opt.) , the relative effect of a material in separating the different rays of light by refraction, as when the substance is formed into a prism. -- Dis*pers"ive*ness , noun
Disperson'ate transitive verb To deprive of personality or individuality.
We multiply; we dispersonate ourselves. Hare.
Dispirit transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dispirited
; present participle & verbal noun Dispiriting
.] [ Prefix dis-
.] 1. To deprive of cheerful spirits; to depress the spirits of; to dishearten; to discourage.
Not dispirited with my afflictions. Dryden.
He has dispirited himself by a debauch. Collier. 2. To distill or infuse the spirit of.
[ Obsolete or R.]
This makes a man master of his learning, and dispirits the book into the scholar. Fuller. Syn.
-- To dishearten; discourage; deject; damp; depress; cast down; intimidate; daunt; cow.
Dispirited adjective Depressed in spirits; disheartened; daunted. -- Dis*pir"it*ed*ly , adverb -- Dis*pir"it*ed , noun
Dispiritment noun Depression of spirits; discouragement.
Procter, in evident distress and dispiritment , was waiting the slow conclusion of this. Carlyle.
[ Prefix dis-
. Confer Despiteous
.] Full of despite; cruel; spiteful; pitiless. Spenser.
Displace transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Displaced
; present participle & verbal noun Displacing
.] [ Prefix dis-
: confer French déplacer
.] 1. To change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation; as, the books in the library are all displaced . 2. To crowd out; to take the place of.
Holland displaced Portugal as the mistress of those seas. London Times. 3. To remove from a state, office, dignity, or employment; to discharge; to depose; as, to displace an officer of the revenue. 4. To dislodge; to drive away; to banish.
You have displaced the mirth. Shak. Syn.
-- To disarrange; derange; dismiss; discard.
Displaceable adjective Capable of being displaced.
[ Confer French déplacement
.] 1. The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place.
Unnecessary displacement of funds. A. Hamilton.
The displacement of the sun by parallax. Whewell. 2. The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body. 3. (Chemistry) The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced , or removed, for another quantity of the solvent. Piston displacement (Mech.)
, the volume of the space swept through, or weight of steam, water, etc., displaced, in a given time, by the piston of a steam engine or pump.
[ Late Latin displacentia
, for Latin displicentia
, from displicere
to displease; dis-
to please. See Displease
, and confer Displeasance
.] Want of complacency or gratification; envious displeasure; dislike.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
1. One that displaces. 2. (Chemistry) The funnel part of the apparatus for solution by displacement.
Displant transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Di...planted
; present participle & verbal noun Displanting
.] [ Prefix dis-
: confer Old French desplanter
, French déplanter
.] 1. To remove (what is planted or fixed); to unsettle and take away; to displace; to root out; as, to displant inhabitants.
I did not think a look, Beau. & Fl. 2. To strip of what is planted or settled; as, to displant a country of inhabitants. Spenser.
Or a poor word or two, could have displanted
Such a fixed constancy.
Displantation noun The act of displanting; removal; displacement. Sir W. Raleigh.
Displat transitive verb To untwist; to uncurl; to unplat. [ Obsolete] Hakewill.
Display transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Displayed
; present participle & verbal noun Displaying
.] [ Middle English displaien
, Old French despleier
, French déployer
; prefix des-
) + pleier
, French ployer
, to fold, bend, Latin plicare
. See Ply
, and confer Deploy
.] 1. To unfold; to spread wide; to expand; to stretch out; to spread.
The northern wind his wings did broad display . Spenser. 2. (Mil.) To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line. Farrow. 3. To spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the sight, or to the mind; to make manifest.
His statement . . . displays very clearly the actual condition of the army. Burke. 4. To make an exhibition of; to set in view conspicuously or ostentatiously; to exhibit for the sake of publicity; to parade.
Proudly displaying the insignia of their order. Prescott. 5. (Print.) To make conspicuous by large or prominent type. 6. To discover; to descry.
And from his seat took pleasure to display Chapman. Syn.
The city so adorned with towers.
-- To exhibit; show; manifest; spread out; parade; expand; flaunt.
Display intransitive verb To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration. Shak.
Display noun 1. An opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation.
Having witnessed displays of his power and grace. Trench. 2. Ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade.
He died, as erring man should die, Byron.
Without display , without parade.
1. Unfolded; expanded; exhibited conspicuously or ostentatiously. 2. (Her.) With wings expanded; -- said of a bird of pray, esp. an eagle. 3. (Print.) Set with lines of prominent type interspersed, to catch the eye.
Displayer noun One who, or that which, displays.
Disple transitive verb To discipline; to correct.
And bitter Penance, with an iron whip, Spenser.
Was wont him once to disple every day.
[ Old French desplaisance
, French déplaisance
. Confer Displacency
.] Displeasure; discontent; annoyance.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Old French desplaisant
, French déplaisant
. See Displease
.] Unpleasing; offensive; unpleasant.
[ Obsolete] Speed.
[ Obsolete] Strype.
Displease transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Displeased
; present participle & verbal noun Displeasing
.] [ Old French desplaisir
, whence French déplaisir
displeasure; prefix des-
) + plaisir
to please. See Please
, and confer Displeasure
.] 1. To make not pleased; to excite a feeling of disapprobation or dislike in; to be disagreeable to; to offend; to vex; -- often followed by with or at . It usually expresses less than to anger , vex , irritate , or provoke .
God was displeased with this thing. 1 Chron. xxi. 7.
Wilt thou be displeased at us forever? Psalms lxxxv. 5 (Bk. of Com. Prayer).
This virtuous plaster will displease J. Fletcher.
Your tender sides.
Adversity is so wholesome . . . why should we be displeased therewith? Barrow. 2. To fail to satisfy; to miss of.
I shall displease my ends else. Beau. & Fl. Syn.
-- To offend; disgust; vex; annoy; dissatisfy; chafe; anger; provoke; affront.
Displease intransitive verb To give displeasure or offense. [ Obsolete]
Displeasedly adverb With displeasure. [ R.]
Displeasedness noun Displeasure. [ R.] South.
Displeaser noun One who displeases.
Displeasing adjective Causing displeasure or dissatisfaction; offensive; disagreeable. -- Dis*pleas"ing*ly , adverb -- Dis*pleas"ing*ness , noun Locke.
[ Prefix dis-
: confer Old French desplaisir
, French déplaisir
. Confer Displease
.] 1. The feeling of one who is displeased; irritation or uneasiness of the mind, occasioned by anything that counteracts desire or command, or which opposes justice or a sense of propriety; disapprobation; dislike; dissatisfaction; disfavor; indignation.
O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure . Ps. vi. 1.
Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn Milton. 2. That which displeases; cause of irritation or annoyance; offense; injury.
From his displeasure .
Hast thou delight to see a wretched man Shak. 3. State of disgrace or disfavor; disfavor.
Do outrage and displeasure to himself?
He went into Poland, being in displeasure with the pope for overmuch familiarity. Peacham. Syn.
-- Dissatisfaction; disapprobation; disfavor; distaste; dislike; anger; hate; aversion; indignation; offense.
Displeasure transitive verb To displease. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Displenish transitive verb To deprive or strip, as a house of furniture, or a barn of stock. [ Scot.]
Displicence, Displicency noun
[ Latin displicentia
. See Displacency
.] Dislike; dissatisfaction; discontent.
[ Obsolete] W. Montagu.
Displode transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Disploded
; present participle & verbal noun Disploding
.] [ Latin displodere
, to clap, strike, beat.] To discharge; to explode.
In posture to displode their second tire Milton.
Displode intransitive verb To burst with a loud report; to explode. " Disploding engines." Young.
Displosion noun Explosion.
The vast displosion dissipates the clouds. Young.
Displosive adjective Explosive.
Displume transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Displumed
; present participle & verbal noun Displuming
.] [ Prefix dis-
: confer Old French desplumer
, French déplumer
.] To strip of, or as of, a plume, or plumes; to deprive of decoration; to dishonor; to degrade.
Displumed , degraded, and metamorphosed. Burke.
Dispoline noun (Chemistry) One of several isomeric organic bases of the quinoline series of alkaloids.
Dispondee noun [ Latin dispondeus , Greek ...; di- = di`s- twice + ... spondee.] (Gr. ... Lat. Pros.) A double spondee; a foot consisting of four long syllables.
Dispone transitive verb
[ Latin disponere
. See Disposition
.] 1. (Her.) To dispose. 2. To dispose of. Chaucer. 3. (Scots Law) To make over, or convey, legally.
He has disponed . . . the whole estate. Sir W. Scott.
Disponee noun (Scots Law) The person to whom any property is legally conveyed.
Disponer noun (Scots Law) One who legally transfers property from himself to another.
Disponge transitive verb
[ Prefix dis-
.] To sprinkle, as with water from a sponge.
[ Poetic & Rare] [ Written also dispunge
O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me
Dispope transitive verb To refuse to consider as pope; to depose from the popedom.
One whom they disposed . Tennyson.