Disuse Dis*use", n. Cessation of use, practice, or exercise; inusitation; desuetude; as, the limbs lose their strength by disuse. [1913 Webster]

The disuse of the tongue in the only . . . remedy. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Church discipline then fell into disuse. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

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  • Disuse — Dis*use (?; see {Dis }), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disusing}.] 1. To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of. [1913 Webster] 2. To disaccustom; with to or from; as, disused to toil. Disuse me from . . . pain. Donne.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disuse — I noun abandonment, abolishment, abolition, abstinence, archaism, cessation of use, decay, desuetude, discontinuance, discontinuation, disregard, disusage, failure to use, ignorement, inattention, inusitation, neglect, nonemployment, nonuse,… …   Law dictionary

  • disuse — ► NOUN ▪ the state of not being used; neglect. DERIVATIVES disused adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • disuse — [disyo͞os′] n. the fact or state of being or becoming unused; lack of use …   English World dictionary

  • disuse — noun VERB + DISUSE ▪ be in ▪ Much of the factory is in disuse. ▪ fall into ▪ A new bridge was built ten years ago and the old one has fallen into disuse. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

  • Disuse — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Disuse >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 forbearance forbearance abstinence Sgm: N 1 disuse disuse Sgm: N 1 relinquishment relinquishment &c. 782 Sgm: N 1 desuetude desuetude &c.(want of habit) 614 Sgm: N 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • disuse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of use Nouns 1. disuse, forbearance, abstinence; obsoleteness, [planned] obsolescence; relinquishment; cessation, discontinuance; abandonment; castaway, throwaway, reject. Informal, cold storage.… …   English dictionary for students

  • disuse — [[t]dɪ̱sju͟ːs[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft into N If something falls into disuse, people stop using it. If something becomes worse as a result of disuse, it becomes worse because no one uses it. ...a church which has fallen into disuse... The wheel had… …   English dictionary

  • disuse — n. to fall into disuse * * * [dɪs juːs] to fall into disuse …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disuse — dis|use [ dıs jus ] noun uncount a situation in which something is not being used: fall into disuse: The old bridge fell into disuse …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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