• WordNet 3.6
    • n discontinuance the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavoured ice cream produced. However, they discontinued it since they thought it would not sell well
    • Discontinuance (Law) A breaking off or interruption of an estate, which happened when an alienation was made by a tenant in tail, or other tenant, seized in right of another, of a larger estate than the tenant was entitled to, whereby the party ousted or injured was driven to his real action, and could not enter. This effect of such alienation is now obviated by statute in both England and the United States.
    • Discontinuance (Law) That technical interruption of the proceedings in pleading in an action, which follows where a defendant does not answer the whole of the plaintiff's declaration, and the plaintiff omits to take judgment for the part unanswered.
    • Discontinuance The act of discontinuing, or the state of being discontinued; want of continued connection or continuity; breaking off; cessation; interruption; as, a discontinuance of conversation or intercourse; discontinuance of a highway or of travel.
    • Discontinuance (Law) The termination of an action in practice by the voluntary act of the plaintiff; an entry on the record that the plaintiff discontinues his action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discontinuance The act of discontinuing; cessation; intermission; interruption of continuance.
    • n discontinuance Want of continued connection or cohesion of parts; solution of continuity; want of union; disruption.
    • n discontinuance In old English law, the effect of the alienation by a tenant in tail of a larger estate than he was entitled to, followed by the feoffee holding possession after the death of the former. This was said to work a discontinuance of the estate of the heir in tail, because he had no right to enter on the land and turn out the person in possession under deed of feoffment, but had to assert his title by process of law. Sometimes called ouster by discontinuance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Discontinuance a breaking off or ceasing
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  • Bill Dana
    Bill Dana
    “He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of goods that has been discontinued.”
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    “I've decided to discontinue my long talks. It's because of my throat. Someone threatened to cut it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. discontinuer—L. dis, neg., and continuāre, to continue.


In literature:

In 1893 the contract service had been reduced by the discontinuance of three of the routes.
"Manual of Ship Subsidies" by Edwin M. Bacon
Soon the correspondence from New York, previously written by Bancroft Davis, and extremely favourable to the Northern cause, was discontinued.
"Great Britain and the American Civil War" by Ephraim Douglass Adams
Of late years the navigation of the Amoor has discontinued the fair of Pul.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
He discontinued his ordinary employments, and spent some hours in sorting and destroying numbers of papers and documents.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
He kept the office until it was discontinued, or was removed to Petersburg.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
At any rate, it was in consequence of his mishap that the Spartans discontinued the habit of carrying staffs when they met in council.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
Mr. Britling discontinued writing and turned these papers over and mused.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
The discontinuance of Keith's visits had been so sudden that Lois had felt it all the more.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
The Monroe Doctrine as a part of American foreign policy should be discontinued.
"Elements of Debating" by Leverett S. Lyon
The steps discontinued at their door, and a key was thrust into the lock.
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri

In poetry:

Gordon, mounted, loq.
Ho ! you chap of grit and sinew,
Smoking in your pit,
Why thus labour discontinue ?
Why your forehead knit ?
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
'Alas, dear friend, that, all my days,
Hast poured from that syringa thicket
The quaintly discontinuous lays
To which I hold a season-ticket.
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell
And here are peaches with their ruddy cheeks
And ripe transparency. Here nectarines bloom,
All mottled as with discontinuous streaks.
And spread a fruity fragrance through the room.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
The rustling of the silk is discontinued,
Dust drifts over the court-yard,
There is no sound of foot-fall, and the leaves
Scurry into heaps and lie still,
And she the rejoicer of the heart is beneath them:
"Liu Ch'e" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Sam Querrey has won three of the last four titles at the ATP event in Los Angeles, which will be discontinued .
Farmers Classic tournament at UCLA discontinued .
Farmers Classic men's tennis tournament at UCLA discontinued .
LOS ANGELES — The Farmers Classic men's tennis tournament at UCLA has been discontinued , and its ATP sanction has been sold to a group in Bogota, Colombia.
With Big Ten money, Maryland's discontinued varsity teams could be reinstated.
A communication breakdown seems to be the culprit: Many medical offices fail to notify pharmacies when a physician discontinues a patient's meds.
How to find discontinued make-up.
Where to Find Your Favorite Discontinued Cosmetic Product.
Dave Letterman's Top 10 List Of Discontinued Guy Fieri Menu Items.
The Washington Daily News has discontinued the weekly food column, "Southern cooking at its best," by Eddie Browning.
The Dr Pepper Snapple group says it will discontinue its 7UP Antioxidant drink.
The Dr Pepper Snapple group says it will discontinue its 7UP Antioxidant drink following a consumer group lawsuit.
Mountain West TV network will be discontinued .
To Bring Back Discontinued Shades Based on Your Votes.
Hewlett Packard announced that it was discontinuing all of its WebOS devices last Thursday, while simultaneously dropping the price of its TouchPad tablet to $99.

In science:

We also find, in agreement with analytical results, that the transition is continuous as long as p ≤ 1/4 and then it becomes discontinuous in the SAT probability.
Phase coexistence and finite-size scaling in random combinatorial problems
The one we present here seems to be the simplest and also the most robust, in the sense it can be safely used when the transition is both continuous (p ≤ 0.25) and discontinuous (p > 0.25).
Phase coexistence and finite-size scaling in random combinatorial problems
Aizenman, M., Chayes, J.T., Chayes, L., and Newman, C.M. (1988) Discontinuity of the magnetization in one-dimensional 1/|x − y |2 Ising and Potts models, J.
Coupling and Bernoullicity in random-cluster and Potts models
At the transition, the average component size jumps discontinuously but remains finite.
Are randomly grown graphs really random?
Discontinuous behavior of g ′ (1) for the growing graph.
Are randomly grown graphs really random?