from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To dissolve the organization of (a corporation, for example).
- intransitive v. To cease to function as an organization; break up.
- intransitive v. To separate and move in different directions; disperse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to break up or cause to cease to exist
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To divorce.
- intransitive v. To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To release from a bond, restriction, or connection of any kind; unbind; set free.
- To break up the band or company of; dismiss or dissociate from united service or action; especially, to discharge in a body from military service: as, to disband an orchestra or a society; to disband troops, a regiment, or an army.
- To dismiss or separate from a band or company; dissociate from a band: as, a disbanded soldier.
- To break up the constitution of; disintegrate; destroy.
- To be released from a bond, restriction, or connection; become disunited, separated, or dissolved.
- To retire from united service or action; separate; break up: as, the army disbanded at the close of the war; the society disbanded on the loss of its funds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stop functioning or cohering as a unit
- v. cause to break up or cease to function
Obsolete French desbander, to separate someone from a troop : des-, dis- + Old French band, troop; see band2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)