Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Distributively adverb By distribution; singly; not collectively; in a distributive manner.

Distributiveness noun Quality of being distributive.

Distributor noun [ Latin ] One that distributes; a distributer; specif.: (a) A machine for distributing type. (b) An appliance, as a roller, in a printing press, for distributing ink. (c) An apparatus for distributing an electric current, either to various points in rotation, as in some motors, or along two or more lines in parallel, as in a distributing system.

District adjective [ Latin districtus , past participle ] Rigorous; stringent; harsh. [ Obsolete]

Punishing with the rod of district severity.
Foxe.

District noun [ Late Latin districtus district, from Latin districtus , past participle of distringere : confer French district . See Distrain .]
1. (Feudal Law) The territory within which the lord has the power of coercing and punishing.

2. A division of territory; a defined portion of a state, town, or city, etc., made for administrative, electoral, or other purposes; as, a congressional district , judicial district , land district , school district , etc.

To exercise exclusive legislation . . . over such district not exceeding ten miles square.
The Constitution of the United States.

3. Any portion of territory of undefined extent; a region; a country; a tract.

These districts which between the tropics lie.
Blackstone.

Congressional district . See under Congressional . -- District attorney , the prosecuting officer of a district or district court. -- District court , a subordinate municipal, state, or United States tribunal, having jurisdiction in certain cases within a judicial district. -- District judge , one who presides over a district court. -- District school , a public school for the children within a school district. [ U.S.]

Syn. -- Division; circuit; quarter; province; tract; region; country.

District transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Districted ; present participle & verbal noun Districting .] To divide into districts or limited portions of territory; as, legislatures district States for the choice of representatives.

Distriction noun [ Latin districtio a stretching out.] Sudden display; flash; glitter. [ R.]

A smile . . . breaks out with the brightest distriction .
Collier.

Districtly adverb Strictly. [ Obsolete] Foxe.

Distringas noun [ Latin , that you distrain, from distringere . See Distrain .] (Law) A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.

Distrouble transitive verb [ Prefix dis- (intens.) + trouble .] To trouble. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Distrust transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Distrusted ; present participle & verbal noun Distrusting .] [ Confer Mistrust .] To feel absence of trust in; not to confide in or rely upon; to deem of questionable sufficiency or reality; to doubt; to be suspicious of; to mistrust.

Not distrusting my health.
2 Mac. ix. 22.

To distrust the justice of your cause.
Dryden.

He that requireth the oath doth distrust that other.
Udall.

Of all afraid,
Distrusting all, a wise, suspicious maid.
Collins.

» Mistrust has been almost wholly driven out by distrust . T. Latin K. Oliphant.

Distrust noun
1. Doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; want of confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc.

2. Suspicion of evil designs.

Alienation and distrust . . . are the growth of false principles.
D. Webster.

3. State of being suspected; loss of trust. Milton.

Distruster noun One who distrusts.

Distrustful adjective
1. Not confident; diffident; wanting confidence or thrust; modest; as, distrustful of ourselves, of one's powers.

Distrustful sense with modest caution speaks.
Pope.

2. Apt to distrust; suspicious; mistrustful. Boyle.

-- Dis*trust"ful*ly , adverb -- Dis*trust"ful*ness , noun

Distrusting adjective That distrusts; suspicious; lacking confidence in. -- Dis*trust"ing*ly , adverb

Distrustless adjective Free from distrust. Shenstone.

Distune transitive verb To put out of tune. [ Obsolete]

Disturb transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Disturbed ; present participle & verbal noun Disturbing .] [ Middle English desturben , destourben , Old French destorber , desturber , destourber , from Latin disturbare , disturbatum ; dis- + turbare to disturb, trouble, turba disorder, tumult, crowd. See Turbid .]
1. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.

Preparing to disturb
With all-cofounding war the realms above.
Cowper.

The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest.
Spenser.

The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority.
Burke.

2. To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy.

3. To turn from a regular or designed course. [ Obsolete]

And disturb
His inmost counsels from their destined aim.
Milton.

Syn. -- To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle.

Disturb noun Disturbance. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Disturbance noun [ Old French destorbance .]
1. An interruption of a state of peace or quiet; derangement of the regular course of things; disquiet; disorder; as, a disturbance of religious exercises; a disturbance of the galvanic current.

2. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness.

Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and irritation.
Burke.

3. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult.

The disturbance was made to support a general accusation against the province.
Bancroft.

4. (Law) The hindering or disquieting of a person in the lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the interruption of a right; as, the disturbance of a franchise, of common, of ways, and the like. Blackstone.

Syn. -- Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub; disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation; perturbation; annoyance.

Disturbation noun [ Latin disturbatio .] Act of disturbing; disturbance. [ Obsolete] Daniel.

Disturber noun [ Confer Old French destorbeor .]
1. One who, or that which, disturbs of disquiets; a violator of peace; a troubler.

A needless disturber of the peace of God's church and an author of dissension.
Hooker.

2. (Law) One who interrupts or incommodes another in the peaceable enjoyment of his right.

Disturn transitive verb [ Old French destourner , French détourner . See Detour .] To turn aside. [ Obsolete] Daniel.

Distyle adjective [ Greek di- = di`s- twice + ... pillar: confer French distyle .] (Architecture) Having two columns in front; -- said of a temple, portico, or the like.

Distyle in antis , having columns between two antæ. See Anta .

Disulphate noun [ Prefix di- + sulphate .] (Chemistry) (a) A salt of disulphuric or pyrosulphuric acid; a pyrosulphate. (b) An acid salt of sulphuric acid, having only one equivalent of base to two of the acid.

Disulphide noun [ Prefix di- + sulphide .] (Chemistry) A binary compound of sulphur containing two atoms of sulphur in each molecule; -- formerly called disulphuret . Confer Bisulphide .

Disulphuret noun [ Prefix di- + sulphuret .] (Chemistry) See Disulphide .

Disulphuric adjective [ Prefix di- + sulphuric .] (Chemistry) Applied to an acid having in each molecule two atoms of sulphur in the higher state of oxidation.

Disulphuric acid , a thick oily liquid, H 2 S 2 O 7 , called also Nordhausen acid (from Nordhausen in the Harts, where it was originally manufactured), fuming sulphuric acid , and especially pyrosulphuric acid . See under Pyrosulphuric .

Disuniform adjective Not uniform. [ Obsolete]

Disunion noun [ Prefix dis- + union : confer French désunion .]
1. The termination of union; separation; disjunction; as, the disunion of the body and the soul.

2. A breach of concord and its effect; alienation.

Such a disunion between the two houses as might much clou... the happiness of this kingdom.
Clarendon.

3. The termination or disruption of the union of the States forming the United States.

I have not accustomed myself to hang over the precipice of disunion .
D. Webster.

Disunionist noun An advocate of disunion, specifically, of disunion of the United States.

Disunite transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Disunited ; present participle & verbal noun Disuniting .]
1. To destroy the union of; to divide; to part; to sever; to disjoin; to sunder; to separate; as, to disunite particles of matter.

2. To alienate in spirit; to break the concord of.

Go on both in hand, O nations, never be disunited , be the praise . . . of all posterity!
Milton.

Disunite intransitive verb To part; to fall asunder; to become separated.

The joints of the body politic do separate and disunite .
South.

Disuniter noun One who, or that which, disjoins or causes disunion.

Disunity noun A state of separation or disunion; want of unity. Dr. H. More.

Disusage noun Gradual cessation of use or custom; neglect of use; disuse. [ R.] Hooker.

Disuse transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Disused ; present participle & verbal noun Disusing .]
1. To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of.

2. To disaccustom; -- with to or from ; as, disused to toil. " Disuse me from . . . pain." Donne.

Disuse noun Cessation of use, practice, or exercise; inusitation; desuetude; as, the limbs lose their strength by disuse .

The disuse of the tongue in the only . . . remedy.
Addison.

Church discipline then fell into disuse .
Southey.

Disutilize transitive verb To deprive of utility; to render useless. [ R.] Mrs. Browning.

Disvaluation noun Disesteem; depreciation; disrepute. Bacon.

Disvalue transitive verb To undervalue; to depreciate. Shak.

Disvalue noun Disesteem; disregard. B. Jonson.

Disvantageous adjective [ Prefix dis- + vantage .] Disadvantageous. [ Obsolete] " Disadvantageous ground." Drayton.

Disvelop transitive verb To develop. [ Obsolete]

Disventure noun A disadventure. [ Obsolete] Shelton.

Disvouch transitive verb To discredit; to contradict. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Diswarn transitive verb [ Prefix dis- (intens.) + warn .] To dissuade from by previous warning. [ Obsolete]

Diswitted adjective Deprived of wits or understanding; distracted. [ Obsolete] Drayton.

Diswont transitive verb To deprive of wonted usage; to disaccustom. [ R.] Bp. Hall.

Disworkmanship noun Bad workmanship. [ Obsolete] Heywood.