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


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.

They disbanded themselves and returned, every man to his own dwelling. Knolles.


To divorce.


And therefore . . . she ought to be disbanded. Milton.


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Dis*band", v. i.

To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization.

When both rocks and all things shall disband. Herbert.

Human society would in a short space disband. Tillotson.


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