Sunday, October 02, 2005
Word Up - #7
dis-ci-pline (dis'e-plin) n. [ME < descepline < disciplina < discipulus, pupil < discere, to learn.] 1. Training expected to produce a specific type or pattern of behavior, esp. training that produces moral or mental improvement. 2. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training. 3. A systematic method to obtain obedience. 4. A state of order based on submission to rules and authority. 5. Punishment intended to train or correct. 6. A set of methods or rules, as those regulating the practice of a church or monastic order. 7. A branch of knowledge or of teaching. -vt. -plined, -plin-ing, -plines. 1. To train by instruction and control. 2. To punish or penalize. 3. To impose order on < discipline one's work habits > -dis'ci-pli-nal (-ple-nel) adj. -dis'ci-plin'er n.