• WordNet 3.6
    • v disable injure permanently "He was disabled in a car accident"
    • v disable make unable to perform a certain action "disable this command on your computer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you need to dial the telephone and your dial is disabled, you can tap the button in the cradle. If, for example, you need to dial 911, you can tap the button 9 times, then pause, then tap once, then again.
    • a Disable Lacking ability; unable. "Our disable and unactive force."
    • Disable (Law) To deprive of legal right or qualification; to render legally incapable. "An attainder of the ancestor corrupts the blood, and disables his children to inherit."
    • Disable To deprive of that which gives value or estimation; to declare lacking in competency; to disparage; to undervalue. "He disabled my judgment."
    • Disable To render unable or incapable; to destroy the force, vigor, or power of action of; to deprive of competent physical or intellectual power; to incapacitate; to disqualify; to make incompetent or unfit for service; to impair. "A Christian's life is a perpetual exercise, a wrestling and warfare, for which sensual pleasure disables him.""And had performed it, if my known offense
      Had not disabled me."
      "I have disabled mine estate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disable To render unable; deprive of ability, physical, mental, or legal; weaken or destroy the capability of; cripple or incapacitate: as, a ship is disabled by a storm or a battle; a race-horse is disabled by lameness; loss of memory disables a teacher.
    • disable To impair; diminish; impoverish.
    • disable To pronounce incapable; hence, to detract from; disparage; undervalue.
    • disable Synonyms To cripple, paralyze, enfeeble, unfit, disqualify.
    • disable Wanting ability; incompetent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disable dis-ā′bl to deprive of power: to weaken: to disqualify
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  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.”
  • Edward Heath
    Edward Heath
    “We are the trade union for pensioners and children, the trade union for the disabled and the sick... the trade union for the nation as a whole.”


In literature:

Having been disabled by an AEginetan ship, the Samothracian cleared the decks of her assailant with arrows and javelins and took possession.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Many of them had been killed or disabled, and the Home Guards had run away as soon as the horses began to ride them down.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
Commander Samson is said to have reported that two of these are disabled.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
This man is disabled and helpless.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
Unless, now disabled and afoot, he was trying to summon aid.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Then he rang to back her, and the little steamer went clear of the disabled pirate.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
It also signifies stranded, and is used figuratively for being disabled or hindered.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The three lieutenants on the forecastle had been killed or disabled, else the enemy had never come aboard.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The story of the wrestle with these and other disabilities during the next four years is interesting and instructive.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
A musket shot hit him in the shoulder, and completely disabled him.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles

In poetry:

True Christians should be glad of an occasion
To use their temperance, seeking no evasion,
When good is seasonable;
Unlesse Authoritie, which should increase
The obligation in us make it lesse,
And Power it self disable.
"Lent" by George Herbert
One ague dwelleth in my bones,
Another in my soul (the memorie
What I would do for thee, if once my grones
Could be allow'd for harmonie):
I am in all a weak disabled thing,
Save in the sight thereof, where strength doth sting.
"The Crosse" by George Herbert
Now five are stretched lifeless; disabled are three!
Hard pressed, see the last caitiff reel! The brother behind struggles up on one knee,
And drives through his body the steel.
And drives though his body the steel.
caitiff – coward.
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Candidate gets Sarah Palin treatment for cherishing disabled children.
You didn't need to be pushy or disabled or old to get a seat on Metro yesterday.
Jerr-Dan has designed its new HDUL-450D heavy-duty fifthwheel detachable underlift for fast and easy recovery of disabled equipment.
Kevin Slowey went on the disabled list last week, delaying a resolution to one of the more disturbing developments of a disturbing Twins season.
Jerry Brown's budget cuts devastate the disabled, poor, sick and elderly.
Marc Cox allegedly took developmentally disabled patients to bars and strip clubs while billing the state.
LAPD seeks public's help to find suspect in fatal hit-and-run of developmentally disabled teen.
LOS ANGELES — Authorities today sought public help to find the hit- and-run motorist responsible for fatally injuring a developmentally disabled 18-year-old man over the weekend.
Simi Valley Police Say Developmentally Disabled Missing Man Is Safe.
Authorities say a developmentally disabled Simi Valley man who disappeared Thursday evening is safe.
Illinois' 'Bold' Plan for Care of Developmentally Disabled.
Developmentally disabled donate cakes SPRI.
Wheaton group home for developmentally disabled moves forward.
HAMILTON, Ohio — A judge has sentenced a 53-year-old Ohio man to 10 years in prison after he admitted raping a young developmentally disabled woman.
Some state facilities for the developmentally disabled are being closed by the Quinn administration, and employees of the state have tried to block that action.

In science:

In the simple model we have considered we have assumed that the heating acts uniformly along the radial direction, thus disabling the possibility of many threads being heated at different times.
The role of torsional Alfven waves in coronal heating
This effect would be field dependent, as B (cid:38) Bi will freeze impurities into their ground state22 , disabling spin-flip dephasing at Bi = kBT /g∗µB ∼ 100 mT.
Rippled Graphene in an In-Plane Magnetic Field: Effects of a Random Vector Potential
In this example, the plane intersects Lyapunov hyperplanes defined by simple roots along same lines, which disables the geometric Katok-Damjanovic method.
New Cases of Differential Rigidity for Non-Generic Partially Hyperbolic Actions
This directive allows you to disable certain functions for security reasons. ; It receives a comma-delimited list of function names.
Software Design Document, Testing, Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS--a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
This directive allows you to disable certain classes for security reasons. ; It receives a comma-delimited list of class names.
Software Design Document, Testing, Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS--a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach