• WordNet 3.6
    • v disband stop functioning or cohering as a unit "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"
    • v disband cause to break up or cease to function "the principal disbanded the political student organization"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Disband To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization. "When both rocks and all things shall disband .""Human society would in a short space disband ."
    • Disband To divorce. "And therefore . . . she ought to be disbanded ."
    • Disband To loose the bands of; to set free; to disunite; to scatter; to disperse; to break up the organization of; especially, to dismiss from military service; as, to disband an army. "They disbanded themselves and returned, every man to his own dwelling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disband To release from a bond, restriction, or connection of any kind; unbind; set free.
    • disband To break up the band or company of; dismiss or dissociate from united service or action; especially, to discharge in a body from military service: as, to disband an orchestra or a society; to disband troops, a regiment, or an army.
    • disband To dismiss or separate from a band or company; dissociate from a band: as, a disbanded soldier.
    • disband To break up the constitution of; disintegrate; destroy.
    • disband To be released from a bond, restriction, or connection; become disunited, separated, or dissolved.
    • disband To retire from united service or action; separate; break up: as, the army disbanded at the close of the war; the society disbanded on the loss of its funds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disband dis-band′ to break up a band: to disperse, esp. of troops
    • v.i Disband to break up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + band,: cf. OF. desbander, F. débander, to unbind, unbend. See Band, and cf. Disbend Disbind


In literature:

Then there is again a pause, and the actors disband to rest and recuperate.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
But there is another army whose numbers no Presidential proclamation could reduce, no general orders disband.
"Model Speeches for Practise" by Grenville Kleiser
It was apparently the force on which the Government relied for keeping a check on local unrest, and was disbanded in 1797.
"The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry" by D. D. Ogilvie
They agreed to disband in November.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
We disbanded to meet at seven for the fight.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
He sent a subordinate to occupy Richmond, and quietly began the work of disbanding the army.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
After the treaty of peace was signed, and the army disbanded, General Greene went home.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
In 1799, he was balloted for the Ayrshire Militia; in which he served for three years till the regiment was disbanded on the peace of Amiens.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II." by Various
And since they couldn't agree on anyone else to take the Major's place, they disbanded.
"The Tale of Major Monkey" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The destruction of the Roman Empire and disbanding of its armies made an entirely new situation in Italy.
"The War and the Churches" by Joseph McCabe
The corps served valiantly throughout the Revolutionary War, and was disbanded at the close of the war, April 11, 1782.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
The East and West Looe Volunteer Artillery was disbanded a few weeks later, on the last day of the year 1809.
"Wandering Heath" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Gibbon reached Paris on the 28th January, 1763; thirty-six days, as he tells us, after the disbanding of the militia.
"Gibbon" by James Cotter Morison
The last we heard from him, his men had mutinied and were about to disband.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
The Church would rather countenance vice, as it has in the past, than disband.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
He disbanded the old army, and reorganised the military under a stricter discipline and better officers.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
He professed himself dissatisfied with the proposal, observing that they might as well disband the whole as leave so few.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
In the morning the battalions are changed, and those who come off duty march to their respective "quartiers" and quietly disband.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
One French regiment he disbanded.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
During the succeeding period, up to the disbandment of the Battalion, the sleeve marks were used only.
"The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion)" by Various

In poetry:

But we question, while reviewing
All that mighty thought-armada
Now disbanded, home-returning:
Who again shall reunite it?
"P. A. Munch" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Dis-stance: versts, reaches...
They've disbanded, disrupted us,
Disunited and dissolved us,
Not knowing that we are an alloy
""Dis-stance: versts, miles"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Then the army, elsewhere bent,
Struck its tents as if disbanding,
Only not the Emperor's tent,
For he ordered, ere he went,
Very curtly, "Leave it standing!"
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

The small southeast Iowa town with a population of about 40 plans to disband next week because no resident wants to serve as mayor or on the City Council.
The Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department is one step closer to disbanding .
Officials from three of the four municipalities that make up the department voted in favor of disbanding the force at a police commission meeting Monday night.
County's B-3 overlay committee votes to disband .
A Panhandle rezoning plan is in flux once again, as a special committee tasked to clear up zoning concerns in the northern part of the county voted to disband last week.
Brown is right to disband redevelopment agencies.
THE SCREAMS from cities about Gov Jerry Brown's plans to disband about 400 redevelopment agencies across the state are shameful and hypocritical.
Pearl Harbor survivors group says it will disband .
Players Reject NBA's Offer, Begin to Disband Union.
The NBA players have rejected the league's latest offer and are beginning the process to disband the union.
NBA Players Decide To Disband Union.
Based on what they heard from some citizens at citizens input about the Charter Review Commission, they then promptly disbanded the Commission.
A recap of the past week's IT security news features the "indestructible" botnet, cyber-prankster group LulzSec disbanding and a whitepaper comparing Google Android and Apple iOS.
Monticello to disband Econ .
After 84 years and dwindling membership, the four remaining members have decided to disband the club.

In science:

The weight is shifted to the right, and the table adapts by disbanding most of the legs on the left, and growing more legs on the right side (next three pictures).
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
In this example, the the probability for a root to create or disband legs are pmax = pmin = 0.05.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The weight thresholds were Fmax = 2 to create new legs and Fmin = 1 to disband legs.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Once the leg starts growing, the root shifts to ROOT mode, where it remains until the weight it supports drops below a specified threshold in which case it probabilistically causes its leg to disband.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Thus the root modules grow or disband legs probabilistically according to how much weight is experienced in their part of the table.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The structure first grows legs, then disbands some of them and creates new ones according to shifts in weight (controlled interactively by the user of the simulator).
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The probabilistic growing and disbanding of legs avoids possible oscillations in root behavior: if deterministic, when the weight shifts, many roots could decide to grow legs, then disband them on the next step, thus oscillating between the two without doing anything useful.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
This includes the time needed to disband some legs and construct some new ones.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Although the modules know about the shifted weight immediately, some time is needed until some roots decide to disband their legs, and some inactive roots decide to grow legs.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
We depend on the rough assumption that decisions to disband or grow legs have immediate effect on the strain felt by the modules in the system.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The reason I plead for the first step, the presentation of data with no theory in the numbers, is that that is what will allow us to come back at a later date (even possibly after the collaboration presenting the results is long disbanded) and re-analyze the data with new theory inputs.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics