Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Disporous adjective [ Prefix di- + sporous .] (Biol.) Having two spores.
[ Old French desport
. See Disport
, intransitive verb
, and confer Sport
.] Play; sport; pastime; diversion; playfulness. Milton.
Disport intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Disported
; present participle & verbal noun Disporting
.] [ Old French se desporter
; prefix des-
) + French porter
to carry; orig. therefore, to carry one's self away from work, to go to amuse one's self. See Port
demeanor, and confer Sport
.] To play; to wanton; to move in gayety; to move lightly and without restraint; to amuse one's self.
Where light disports in ever mingling dyes. Pope.
Childe Harold basked him in the noontide sun, Byron.
Disporting there like any other fly.
Disport transitive verb
[ Old French desporter
. See Disport
, intransitive verb
] 1. To divert or amuse; to make merry.
They could disport themselves. Buckle. 2. To remove from a port; to carry away. Prynne.
Disportment noun Act of disporting; diversion; play. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
[ From Dispose
.] Subject to disposal; free to be used or employed as occasion may require; not assigned to any service or use.
The great of this kingdom . . . has easily afforded a disposable surplus. Burke.
[ From Dispose
.] 1. The act of disposing, or disposing of, anything; arrangement; orderly distribution; a putting in order; as, the disposal of the troops in two lines. 2. Ordering; regulation; adjustment; management; government; direction.
The execution leave to high disposal . Milton. 3. Regulation of the fate, condition, application, etc., of anything; the transference of anything into new hands, a new place, condition, etc.; alienation, or parting; as, a disposal of property.
A domestic affair of great importance, which is no less than the disposal of my sister Jenny for life. Tatler. 4. Power or authority to dispose of, determine the condition of, control, etc., especially in the phrase at , or in , the disposal of.
The sole and absolute disposal of him an his concerns. South. Syn.
-- Disposition; dispensation; management; conduct; government; distribution; arrangement; regulation; control.
Dispose transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Disposed
; present participle & verbal noun Disposing
.] [ French disposer
; prefix dis-
to place. See Pose
.] 1. To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent.
Who hath disposed the whole world? Job xxxiv. 13.
All ranged in order and disposed with grace. Pope.
The rest themselves in troops did else dispose . Spenser. 2. To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine.
The knightly forms of combat to dispose . Dryden. 3. To deal out; to assign to a use; to bestow for an object or purpose; to apply; to employ; to dispose of.
Importuned him that what he designed to bestow on her funeral, he would rather dispose among the poor. Evelyn. 4. To give a tendency or inclination to; to adapt; to cause to turn; especially, to incline the mind of; to give a bent or propension to; to incline; to make inclined; -- usually followed by to , sometimes by for before the indirect object.
Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose Dryden.
To future good our past and present woes.
Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy. Bacon. To dispose of
. (a) To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
Freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons. Locke. (b) To exercise finally one's power of control over; to pass over into the control of some one else, as by selling; to alienate; to part with; to relinquish; to get rid of; as, to dispose of a house; to dispose of one's time.
More water . . . than can be disposed of . T. Burnet.
I have disposed of her to a man of business. Tatler.
A rural judge disposed of beauty's prize. Waller. Syn.
-- To set; arrange; order; distribute; adjust; regulate; adapt; fit; incline; bestow; give.
Dispose intransitive verb To bargain; to make terms.
She had disposed with Cæsar. Shak.
Dispose noun 1. Disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control.
But such is the dispose of the sole Disposer of empires. Speed. 2. Cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor.
He hath a person, and a smooth dispose Shak.
To be suspected.
Disposed p. adjective 1. Inclined; minded.
When he was disposed to pass into Achaia. Acts xviii. 27. 2. Inclined to mirth; jolly.
[ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl. Well disposed
, in good condition; in good health.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Disposedness noun The state of being disposed or inclined; inclination; propensity. [ R.]
Disposement noun Disposal. [ Obsolete] Goodwin.
Disposer noun One who, or that which, disposes; a regulator; a director; a bestower.
Absolute lord and disposer of all things. Barrow.
Disposingly adverb In a manner to dispose.
[ See Disposition
[ Obsolete] Glanvill.
[ French disposition
, from disponere
to dispose; dis-
to place. See Position
, and confer Dispone
.] 1. The act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or transferring; application; disposal; as, the disposition of a man's property by will.
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels. Acts vii. 53.
The disposition of the work, to put all things in a beautiful order and harmony, that the whole may be of a piece. Dryden. 2. The state or the manner of being disposed or arranged; distribution; arrangement; order; as, the disposition of the trees in an orchard; the disposition of the several parts of an edifice. 3. Tendency to any action or state resulting from natural constitution; nature; quality; as, a disposition in plants to grow in a direction upward; a disposition in bodies to putrefaction. 4. Conscious inclination; propension or propensity.
How stands your disposition to be married? Shak. 5. Natural or prevailing spirit, or temperament of mind, especially as shown in intercourse with one's fellow-men; temper of mind.
"A man of turbulent disposition
"He is of a very melancholy disposition
His disposition led him to do things agreeable to his quality and condition wherein God had placed him. Strype. 6. Mood; humor.
As I perchance hereafter shall think meet Shak. Syn.
To put an antic disposition on.
-- Disposal; adjustment; regulation; arrangement; distribution; order; method; adaptation; inclination; propensity; bestowment; alienation; character; temper; mood. -- Disposition
is the natural humor of a person, the predominating quality of his character, the constitutional habit of his mind. Character
is this disposition influenced by motive, training, and will. Temper
is a quality of the fiber of character, and is displayed chiefly when the emotions, especially the passions, are aroused.
Dispositional adjective Pertaining to disposition.
Dispositioned adjective Having (such) a disposition; -- used in compounds; as, well- dispositioned .
[ Confer French dispositif
.] 1. Disposing; tending to regulate; decretive.
His dispositive wisdom and power. Bates. 2. Belonging to disposition or natural, tendency.
[ Obsolete] " Dispositive
holiness." Jer. Taylor.
Dispositively adverb In a dispositive manner; by natural or moral disposition.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Do dispositively what Moses is recorded to have done literally, . . . break all the ten commandments at once. Boyle.
[ Latin See Disposition
.] 1. A disposer. 2. (Astrol.) The planet which is lord of the sign where another planet is.
[ Obsolete] Crabb.
Dispossess transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dispossessed
; present participle & verbal noun Dispossessing
.] [ Prefix dis-
: confer French déposséder
.] To put out of possession; to deprive of the actual occupancy of, particularly of land or real estate; to disseize; to eject; -- usually followed by of before the thing taken away; as, to dispossess a king of his crown.
Usurp the land, and dispossess the swain. Goldsmith.
Dispossession noun [ Confer French dépossession .]
1. The act of putting out of possession; the state of being dispossessed. Bp. Hall. 2. (Law) The putting out of possession, wrongfully or otherwise, of one who is in possession of a freehold, no matter in what title; -- called also ouster .
Dispossessor noun One who dispossesses. Cowley.
Dispost transitive verb To eject from a post; to displace. [ R.] Davies (Holy Roode).
[ From Dispose
.] 1. The act of disposing; power to dispose of; disposal; direction.
Give up Massinger. 2. Disposition; arrangement; position; posture.
My estate to his disposure .
In a kind of warlike disposure . Sir H. Wotton.
Dispraisable adjective Blamable. [ R.]
Dispraise transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dispraised
; present participle & verbal noun Dispraising
.] [ Middle English dispreisen
, Old French desprisier
, French dépriser
; prefix des-
) + prisier
, French priser
, to prize, praise. See Praise
, and confer Disprize
.] To withdraw praise from; to notice with disapprobation or some degree of censure; to disparage; to blame.
Dispraising the power of his adversaries. Chaucer.
I dispraised him before the wicked, that the wicked might not fall in love with him. Shak.
[ Confer Old French despris
. See Dispraise
, transitive verb
] The act of dispraising; detraction; blame censure; reproach; disparagement. Dryden.
In praise and in dispraise the same. Tennyson.
Dispraiser noun One who blames or dispraises.
Dispraisingly adverb By way of dispraise.
Dispread transitive verb [ Prefix dis- + spread .] To spread abroad, or different ways; to spread apart; to open; as, the sun dispreads his beams. Spenser.
Dispread intransitive verb To extend or expand itself.
While tyrant Heat, dispreading through the sky. Thomson.
Dispreader noun One who spreads abroad.
Dispreaders both of vice and error. Milton.
Disprejudice transitive verb To free from prejudice. [ Obsolete] W. Montagu.
Disprepare transitive verb To render unprepared. [ Obsolete] Hobbes.
Disprince transitive verb To make unlike a prince.
For I was drench'd with ooze, and torn with briers, . . . Tennyson.
And, all one rag, disprinced from head to heel.
Disprison transitive verb To let loose from prison, to set at liberty. [ R.] Bulwer.
Disprivilege transitive verb To deprive of a privilege or privileges. [ R.]
Disprize transitive verb
[ Confer Dispraise
.] To depreciate.
[ R.] Cotton (Ode to Lydia).
Disprofess transitive verb To renounce the profession or pursuit of.
His arms, which he had vowed to disprofess . Spenser.
Disprofit noun Loss; damage. Foxe.
Disprofit intransitive verb & i. To be, or to cause to be, without profit or benefit. [ Obsolete or Archaic] Bale.
Disprofitable adjective Unprofitable. [ Obsolete]
[ Prefix dis-
. Confer Disprove
.] A proving to be false or erroneous; confutation; refutation; as, to offer evidence in disproof of a statement.
I need not offer anything farther in support of one, or in disproof of the other. Rogers.
Disproperty transitive verb To cause to be no longer property; to dispossess of. [ R.] Shak.
Disproportion noun [ Prefix dis- + proportion : confer French disproportion .]
1. Want of proportion in form or quantity; lack of symmetry; as, the arm may be in disproportion to the body; the disproportion of the length of a building to its height. 2. Want of suitableness, adequacy, or due proportion to an end or use; unsuitableness; disparity; as, the disproportion of strength or means to an object.
Disproportion transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Disproportioned
; present participle & verbal noun Disproportioning
.] To make unsuitable in quantity, form, or fitness to an end; to violate symmetry in; to mismatch; to join unfitly.
To shape my legs of an unequal size; Shak.
To disproportion me in every part.
A degree of strength altogether disproportioned to the extent of its territory. Prescott.
Disproportionable adjective Disproportional; unsuitable in form, size, quantity, or adaptation; disproportionate; inadequate. -- Dis`pro*por"tion*a*ble*ness , noun Hammond. -- Dis`pro*por"tion*a*bly , adverb