Definitions for Disciplineˈdɪs ə plɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•ci•plineˈdɪs ə plɪn(n.; v.)-plined, -plin•ing.

  1. (n.)training to act in accordance with rules; drill:

    military discipline.

  2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training.

  3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.

  4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.

  5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct:

    good discipline in an army.

  6. a branch of instruction or learning.

  7. a set or system of rules and regulations.

  8. the system of government regulating the practice of a church or order.

    Category: Religion

  9. (v.t.)to train by instruction and exercise; drill.

  10. to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.

  11. to punish or penalize; correct; chastise.

Origin of discipline:

1175–1225; < AF < L disciplīna instruction, tuition


Princeton's WordNet

  1. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick(noun)

    a branch of knowledge

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

  2. discipline(noun)

    a system of rules of conduct or method of practice

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

  3. discipline(noun)

    the trait of being well behaved

    "he insisted on discipline among the troops"

  4. discipline(noun)

    training to improve strength or self-control

  5. discipline, correction(verb)

    the act of punishing

    "the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received"

  6. discipline, train, check, condition(verb)

    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

    "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

  7. discipline, correct, sort out(verb)

    punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

    "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. discipline(noun)ˈdɪs ə plɪn

    the control of people's behavior using punishment

    Without effective discipline a school will fail.

  2. disciplineˈdɪs ə plɪn

    the ability to control your own behavior; = self-control

    I lack the discipline to lose weight.

  3. disciplineˈdɪs ə plɪn

    a subject of study

    an arts discipline

  4. discipline(verb)ˈdɪs ə plɪn

    to punish for breaking the rules

    doctors disciplined by the medical board


  1. discipline(Noun)

    A controlled behaviour; self-control

  2. discipline(Noun)

    An enforced compliance or control

  3. discipline(Noun)

    A systematic method of obtaining obedience

  4. discipline(Noun)

    A state of order based on submission to authority

  5. discipline(Noun)

    A punishment to train or maintain control

  6. discipline(Noun)

    A set of rules regulating behaviour

  7. discipline(Noun)

    A flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification

  8. discipline(Noun)

    A specific branch of knowledge or learning

  9. discipline(Noun)

    A category in which a certain art, sport or other activity belongs, or a sub-category of said activity.

  10. discipline(Verb)

    To train someone by instruction and practice.

  11. discipline(Verb)

    To teach someone to obey authority.

  12. discipline(Verb)

    To punish someone in order to (re)gain control.

  13. discipline(Verb)

    To impose order on someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discipline(noun)

    the treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral

  2. Discipline(noun)

    training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill

  3. Discipline(noun)

    subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience

  4. Discipline(noun)

    severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc

  5. Discipline(noun)

    correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training

  6. Discipline(noun)

    the subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge

  7. Discipline(noun)

    the enforcement of methods of correction against one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or penal action toward a church member

  8. Discipline(noun)

    self-inflicted and voluntary corporal punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a penitential scourge

  9. Discipline(noun)

    a system of essential rules and duties; as, the Romish or Anglican discipline

  10. Discipline(verb)

    to educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train

  11. Discipline(verb)

    to accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring under control so as to act systematically; to train to act together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form a habit of obedience in; to drill

  12. Discipline(verb)

    to improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise; to correct

  13. Discipline(verb)

    to inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon


  1. Discipline

    Discipline is an album by the band King Crimson, released in 1981. This album was King Crimson's first album following a seven-year hiatus. Only founder Robert Fripp and later addition Bill Bruford remained from previous incarnations. The rest of the band was Adrian Belew and Tony Levin. The album resulted in a more updated 1980s new wave proto-techno sound mixed with the previous dark and heavy sounds of the 1970s.

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Translations for Discipline

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


training in an orderly way of life

All children need discipline.

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