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DISCIPLINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discipline mean? 

DISCIPLINE (noun)
  The noun DISCIPLINE has 5 senses:

1. a branch of knowledge
2. a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
3. the trait of being well behaved
4. training to improve strength or self-control
5. the act of punishing

  Familiarity information: DISCIPLINE used as a noun is common.


DISCIPLINE (verb)
  The verb DISCIPLINE has 2 senses:

1. train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
2. punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

  Familiarity information: DISCIPLINE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCIPLINE (noun)


Sense 1discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A branch of knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

subject field; field of study; discipline; branch of knowledge; subject area; bailiwick; subject; field; study

Context examples:

in what discipline is his doctorate? / teachers should be well trained in their subject / anthropology is the study of human beings

Hypernyms ("discipline" is a kind of...):

knowledge base; knowledge domain (the content of a particular domain or field of knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discipline"):

futuristics; futurology (the study or prediction of future developments on the basis of existing conditions)

arts; humanistic discipline; humanities; liberal arts (studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills))

divinity; theology (the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth)

military science (the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare)

escapology (the study of methods of escaping (especially as a form of entertainment))

graphology (the study of handwriting (especially as an indicator of the writer's character or disposition))

numerology (the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs)

protology (the study of origins and first things)

theogony (the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods)

applied science; engineering; engineering science; technology (the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems)

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)

occultism (the study of the supernatural)

communication theory; communications (the discipline that studies the principles of transmiting information and the methods by which it is delivered (as print or radio or television etc.))

major (the principal field of study of a student at a university)

frontier (an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development)

genealogy (the study or investigation of ancestry and family history)

allometry (the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole)

bibliotics (the scientific study of documents and handwriting etc. especially to determine authorship or authenticity)

ology (an informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge)

science; scientific discipline (a particular branch of scientific knowledge)


Sense 2discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A system of rules of conduct or method of practice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine / for such a plan to work requires discipline

Hypernyms ("discipline" is a kind of...):

system; system of rules (a complex of methods or rules governing behavior)


Sense 3discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being well behaved

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

he insisted on discipline among the troops

Hypernyms ("discipline" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discipline"):

self-denial; self-discipline (the trait of practicing self discipline)

control; restraint (discipline in personal and social activities)

Antonym:

indiscipline (the trait of lacking discipline)


Sense 4discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Training to improve strength or self-control

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("discipline" is a kind of...):

grooming; preparation; training (activity leading to skilled behavior)


Sense 5discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of punishing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

discipline; correction

Context example:

the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received

Hypernyms ("discipline" is a kind of...):

penalisation; penalization; penalty; punishment (the act of punishing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discipline"):

spanking (the act of slapping on the buttocks)


DISCIPLINE (verb)


Sense 1discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

discipline; condition; train; check

Context examples:

Parents must discipline their children / Is this dog trained?

Hypernyms (to "discipline" is one way to...):

develop; make grow (cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discipline"):

mortify (practice self-denial of one's body and appetites)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2discipline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

discipline; sort out; correct

Context example:

The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently

Hypernyms (to "discipline" is one way to...):

penalise; penalize; punish (impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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