• WordNet 3.6
    • v discipline punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"
    • v discipline develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control "Parents must discipline their children","Is this dog trained?"
    • n discipline training to improve strength or self-control
    • n discipline the act of punishing "the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received"
    • n discipline the trait of being well behaved "he insisted on discipline among the troops"
    • n discipline a system of rules of conduct or method of practice; "he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine","for such a plan to work requires discipline"
    • n discipline a branch of knowledge "in what discipline is his doctorate?","teachers should be well trained in their subject","anthropology is the study of human beings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discipline (Eccl) A system of essential rules and duties; as, the Romish or Anglican discipline .
    • Discipline Correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training. "Giving her the discipline of the strap."
    • Discipline (R. C. Ch) Self-inflicted and voluntary corporal punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a penitential scourge.
    • Discipline Severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc. "A sharp discipline of half a century had sufficed to educate us."
    • Discipline Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience. "The most perfect, who have their passions in the best discipline , are yet obliged to be constantly on their guard."
    • Discipline (Eccl) The enforcement of methods of correction against one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or penal action toward a church member.
    • Discipline The subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge.
    • Discipline The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral. "Wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity.""Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the substitution of good ones, especially those of order, regularity, and obedience."
    • Discipline To accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring under control so as to act systematically; to train to act together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form a habit of obedience in; to drill. "Ill armed, and worse disciplined .""His mind . . . imperfectly disciplined by nature."
    • Discipline To educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train.
    • Discipline To improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise; to correct. "Has he disciplined Aufidius soundly?"
    • Discipline To inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon.
    • Discipline Training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill. "Their wildness lose, and, quitting nature's part,
      Obey the rules and discipline of art."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discipline Mental and moral training, either under one's own guidance or under that of another; the cultivation of the mind and formation of the manners; instruction and government, comprehending the communication of knowledge and the regulation of practice; specifically, training to act in accordance with rules; drill: as, military discipline; monastic discipline.
    • n discipline A set or system of rules and regulations; a method of regulating practice: as, the discipline prescribed for the church.
    • n discipline Specifically, ecclesiastical: The laws which bind the subjects of a church in their conduct, as distinguished from the dogmas or articles of faith which affect their belief.
    • n discipline The methods employed by a church for enforcing its laws, and so preserving its purity or its authority by penal measures against offenders. Three kinds of discipline were known to the ancient synagogue, all of which are entitled excommunication. In most modern Protestant churches discipline consists of three penalties: public censure, suspension, and excommunication.
    • n discipline Subjection to rule; submissiveness to control; obedience to rules and commands: as, the school was under good discipline.
    • n discipline Correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training; hence, edification or correction by means of misfortune or suffering.
    • n discipline That which serves to instruct or train; specifically, a course of study; a science or an art.
    • n discipline An instrument of punishment; a scourge, or the like, used for religious penance. See disciplinarium.
    • discipline To train or educate; prepare by instruction; specifically, to teach rules and practice, and accustom to order and subordination; drill: as, to discipline troops.
    • discipline To correct; chastise; punish.
    • discipline Specifically To execute the laws of a church upon (an offender).
    • discipline To keep in subjection; regulate; govern.
    • discipline Synonyms To train, form, educate, instruct, drill, regulate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discipline dis′i-plin instruction: training, or mode of life in accordance with rules: subjection to control: order: severe training: mortification: punishment: an instrument of penance or punishment
    • v.t Discipline to subject to discipline: to train: to educate: to bring under control: to chastise
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  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.”
  • George Eliot
    “Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.”
  • Buddha
    “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Error is discipline through which we advance.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “There is no course of life so weak and Scottish as that which is ordered by orders, method, and discipline.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. disciplinarian, to flog, fr. L. disciplina, discipline, and F. discipliner, to discipline


In literature:

Mother says she's a discipline that keeps Angelique from growing vain.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
A schismatic does not directly err in matters of faith, but rejects the discipline of the Church and refuses to submit to her authority.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Again; the standard of morality was low in many of our societies, and I pleaded for the enforcement of Christian discipline.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The gloom and pride and stoicism of his temperament were augmented by this unnatural discipline.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
He ruled his people, educated them, cared for them, disciplined them.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
General Trochu either cannot, or does not, desire to enforce military discipline.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Discipline, order, and obedience I will have, and that strictly.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
In the days of obedience, discipline and fear of punishment, children accepted and respected this guidance, as authoritative.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
The platoon guides do one thing only: they watch the firing line and check every breach of fire discipline.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The strictest discipline is maintained in the force, and offences are rigidly reported and punished.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe

In poetry:

Cerebrotonic Cato may
Extol the Ancient Disciplines,
But the muscle-bound Marines
Mutiny for food and pay.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden
A solemn joy was in my heart,--
Immortal life was given
To Earth, upon her battle-field
To discipline for Heaven.
"A Dream That Was Not All A Dream" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
So for our sins we justly feel
Thy discipline, O God;
Yet wait the gracious moment still,
Till thou remove thy rod.
"Psalm 123" by Isaac Watts
Of course such Spartan discipline
Would make an angel fret;
They drew a lot, and WILLIAM shot
This fearful martinet.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
If therefore you were left without
This needful discipline;
You might, with cause, admit a doubt,
If you, indeed, were mine.
"Love-Tokens" by John Newton
There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.
"There is a Way" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

In news:

Soldiers will receive instruction in a variety of analytical and operational disciplines.
We also know it can be hard for professionals from various healthcare disciplines to work together.
Are you increasingly being required to learn about disciplines outside of your main area of engineering expertise.
Futurists create a place to study the fusion of ideas and science across disciplines.
The team usually does not announce when it disciplines a player.
The stock market's sharp post-election drop had some signs of panic liquidation and Moneyshow's Tom Aspray explains why a disciplined technical approach can help you avoid selling with the crowd.
Harvey Karp 's Discipline Strategies.
The European debt crisis provides Germany the opportunity to preach its disciplined approach to monetary policy.
KINGSTON — The University of Rhode Island is home to many scholars and researchers who have been recognized within their respective disciplines, and the department of Landscape Architect ure is no different.
Brutal lashing or parental discipline.
A wide majority of Americans support 'a good, hard spanking' as discipline, one study says.
Ted Stevens Legal Team Calls Discipline Laughable .
H McCloy Research Lecture and Breakfast provides a forum for a distinguished leader in the HPERD disciplines to present cutting edge research findings of interest to researchers and practitioners alike.
The Wall Street Journal ought to know better than to write a big article about why "There Has Never Been A Better Time For Disciplined Investors to Take on Debt to Boost Their Portfolios.".
Certification is not a legal license to practice the discipline, but it provides the recognition of the proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specialized body of knowledge at a particular point in time.

In science:

The classical relationship between the Tutte polynomial of graph theory and the Potts model of statistical mechanics has resulted in valuable interactions between the disciplines.
The Tutte-Potts connection in the presence of an external magnetic field
This paper presents one multimedia software project accomplished by one of the multi-discipline student project teams. The project was called ‘Interactive ZooOz Guide’ and developed on a GPS-enabled PDA device in 2007.
An Interactive Zoo Guide: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning
Such a modeling approach has been applied to many disciplines, a short list of which is as follows: astronomy, epidemiology, geography, ecology, material science and so forth.
Tail approximations of integrals of Gaussian random fields
Pro ject supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (no.10771069) and Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Pro ject(no.B407).
Nonstable $K$--theory for extension algebras of the simple purely infinite $C^*$--algebra by certain $C^{*}$--algebras
Since the publication of the highly influential paper of Barab´asi and Albert the preferential attachment paradigm has captured the imagination of scientists across the disciplines and has led to a host of, from a mathematical point of view mostly nonrigorous, research.
Random networks with sublinear preferential attachment: The giant component