• WordNet 3.6
    • n disuse the state of something that has been unused and neglected "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disuse 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.""Church discipline then fell into disuse ."
    • Disuse To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of.
    • Disuse To disaccustom; -- with to or from; as, disused to toil. "Disuse me from . . . pain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disuse To cease to use; neglect or omit to employ; abandon or discard from exercise or practice.
    • n disuse Cessation of use, practice, or exercise: as, disuse of wine; disuse of sea-bathing; disuse of words.
    • n disuse Cessation of custom or observance; desuetude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disuse dis-ūs′ or dis′ūs cessation or giving up of use or custom
    • v.t Disuse (dis-ūz′) to cease to use or practise
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  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.”


In literature:

The hall, after being long disused, was now restored and reopened.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
It may become disused, but will revert.
"Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes" by Garrick Mallery
Language was lost in disuse.
"The Mintage" by Elbert Hubbard
The practice of heresy-hunting might be allowed to fall into disuse.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
Some things considered essential at the home table have fallen into disuse in camp.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
The good and holy custom of family prayers is, I fear, dropping into disuse.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
Expect to find the fireplaces disused and closed with fireboards or bricks.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
It was a huge quarry, of great depth, long disused, and half filled with water.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
It appears to have been a disused mosque.
"A Dweller in Mesopotamia" by Donald Maxwell
Such changes do years of disuse make in dwellings which, when inhabited, have been replete with human interest.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall

In poetry:

I dwell with a strangely aching heart
In that vanished abode there far apart
On that disused and forgotten road
That has no dust-bath now for the toad.
Night comes; the black bats tumble and dart;
"Ghost House" by Robert Frost
And lo, in that grey storehouse, fallen to dust and rotten,
Lay piled the traps and engines of forgotten greed,
The tomes of codes and canons, long disused, forgotten,
The robes and sacred books of many a vanished creed.
"The Land Of Pallas" by Archibald Lampman
Since we agreed to let the road between us
Fall to disuse,
And bricked our gates up, planted trees to screen us,
And turned all time's eroding agents loose,
Silence, and space, and strangers - our neglect
Has not had much effect.
"No Road" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Fathom is a word fallen into disuse.
One of the disused locks, Becky Hogg's Lock in Lisburn, which could be in use again.
From Siberia to the US heartland, teams are busy locking down potential sources of dirty-bomb material, such as disused radiation therapy equipment.
After more than a century of disuse, the Shannon- Erne Waterway is once again open to boat traffic, providing a leisurely way to experience the unindustrialized western region of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Notorious escaper and fellow inmate pose no threat to the community, say Corrections officials The disused security tower at Paremoremo has been cordoned off since the two prisoners were spotted.
In the spring of 2008, Doug and Mike Starn began building a wide, arch-shaped structure of lashed-together bamboo poles in a giant disused factory building in Beacon, N.Y.
But Los Angeles is finally ready to at least consider letting go of the Inland airport that fell into disuse under its stewardship.
New words and concepts show up and catch on—"app," "smartphone," "podcast"—or die from disuse or dysfunction—"Y2K," "newsreel," "rad.
Over the past several months, I've addressed automatic backup several times, and also wrote the Build It ("A DIY Backup Server") article on turning an old, disused PC into an automatic networked backup server.
It has endured a very long history of disuse and absence but a theatre curtain originally designed to hang in Ludlow is on its way home.
The disused barn where he stores newspapers is full of banners left over from demonstrations imploring pro-Kremlin political parties to 'help us fight corruption .
But proper lay-up techniques can minimize the ill effects winter disuse will have on your boat.
North Carolina's death penalty has fallen into disuse, with no executions since 2006 and no death sentences imposed this year.
North Carolina’s death penalty has fallen into disuse, with no executions since 2006 and no death sentences imposed this year.
Rotating perennial grasses into the same fields that are used to grow peanuts and cotton is a traditional Florida farming practice that has fallen into disuse despite a host of environmental and economic benefits.

In science:

Developmental plasticity and the origin of novel forms: unveiling cryptic genetic variation via"use and disuse".
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
That is, we recommend the disuse of Pielou’s test; and when sample sizes are small (hence the corresponding cell counts are ≤ 5), we recommend using the Monte Carlo randomization.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
For testing segregation or association against the CSR independence or RL patterns, we recommend the disuse of Pielou’s test, as it gives more false alarms than allowed by the significance level.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
The “on-resonance” reduced-width amplitudes defined here are also disused by Barker and by Angulo and Descouvemont . I would like to mention in passing another similar eigenvalue equation.
Formal and Physical R-matrix parameters
However, the linear invariants didn’t fare well in simulations and the idea fell into disuse.
Using invariants for phylogenetic tree construction