Disbanding
Disband Dis*band" (?; see {Dis-}), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disbanded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disbanding}.] [Pref. dis- + band: cf. OF. desbander, F. d['e]bander, to unbind, unbend. See {Band}, and cf. {Disbend}, {Disbind}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

They disbanded themselves and returned, every man to his own dwelling. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

2. To divorce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And therefore . . . she ought to be disbanded. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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