Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of not being used or of being no longer in use.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cease to use; neglect or omit to employ; abandon or discard from exercise or practice.
  • noun Cessation of use, practice, or exercise: as, disuse of wine; disuse of sea-bathing; disuse of words.
  • noun Cessation of custom or observance; desuetude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Cessation of use, practice, or exercise; inusitation; desuetude.
  • transitive verb To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of.
  • transitive verb To disaccustom; -- with to or from.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of not being used; neglect.
  • verb transitive To cease the use of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of something that has been unused and neglected

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

dis- +‎ use

Examples

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  • disuse = dis + use

    February 26, 2010