What does discipline mean?

Definitions for discipline
ˈdɪs ə plɪndis·ci·pline

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwicknoun

    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. disciplinenoun

    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. disciplinenoun

    the trait of being well behaved

    "he insisted on discipline among the troops"

  4. disciplinenoun

    training to improve strength or self-control

  5. discipline, correctionverb

    the act of punishing

    "the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received"

  6. discipline, train, check, conditionverb

    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 outverb

    punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

    "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"


  1. disciplinenoun

    A controlled behaviour; self-control

  2. disciplinenoun

    An enforced compliance or control

  3. disciplinenoun

    A systematic method of obtaining obedience

  4. disciplinenoun

    A state of order based on submission to authority

  5. disciplinenoun

    A punishment to train or maintain control

  6. disciplinenoun

    A set of rules regulating behaviour

  7. disciplinenoun

    A flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification

  8. disciplinenoun

    A specific branch of knowledge or learning

  9. disciplinenoun

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

  10. disciplineverb

    To train someone by instruction and practice.

  11. disciplineverb

    To teach someone to obey authority.

  12. disciplineverb

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

  13. disciplineverb

    To impose order on someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disciplinenoun

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

  2. Disciplinenoun

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

  3. Disciplinenoun

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

  4. Disciplinenoun

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

  5. Disciplinenoun

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

  6. Disciplinenoun

    the subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge

  7. Disciplinenoun

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

  8. Disciplinenoun

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

  9. Disciplinenoun

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

  10. Disciplineverb

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

  11. Disciplineverb

    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. Disciplineverb

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

  13. Disciplineverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discipline

    dis′i-plin, n. instruction: training, or mode of life in accordance with rules: subjection to control: order: severe training: mortification: punishment: an instrument of penance or punishment.—v.t. to subject to discipline: to train: to educate: to bring under control: to chastise.—adjs. Dis′ciplinable; Dis′ciplinal.—ns. Dis′ciplinant, one who subjects himself to a certain discipline, esp. one of an order of Spanish flagellants; Disciplinā′rian, one who enforces strict discipline; Disciplinā′rium, a scourge for penitential flogging.—adj. Dis′ciplinary, of the nature of discipline—n. Dis′cipliner, one who disciplines.—First, and Second, Book of Discipline, two documents (1560 and 1578) embodying the constitution and order of procedure of the Church of Scotland from the period of the Reformation. [L. disciplina, from discipulus.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. discipline

    In military and naval affairs, is a general name for the rules and regulations prescribed and enforced for the proper conduct and subordination of the soldiers, etc. This is the technical meaning. In a higher sense discipline is the habit of obedience. The soldier acquires the habit of subordinating his own will, pleasure, and inclinations to those of his superior. When the habit has become so strong that it is second nature, the soldier is disciplined.

Editors Contribution

  1. discipline

    A form of self-control.

    Discipline is important to every human being.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'discipline' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1839

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    Rank popularity for the word 'discipline' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4536

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discipline' in Nouns Frequency: #716

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discipline in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discipline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of discipline in a Sentence

  1. Susanne Langer:

    In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

  2. Med Jones:

    The main difference in the speed of recovery between Argentina in post-2001 and Thailand in post-1997 crises is the exports. Fiscal discipline is necessary but not sufficient without export-driven economic growth. Too much debt can result in prolonged stagnation similar to the Japanese lost-decade of 1990s. With inflation risk on the rise, we could see more socioeconomic troubles and political unrest in economies with thin middle class. 2011-2012 will be challenging for many policy makers.

  3. Brett Ward:

    The new attendance policy is even more strict than the one that most people think is too harsh already, the steps toward discipline are fewer and it's easy for people to get into trouble, and could lead to firing.

  4. Danilo Astori:

    Macroeconomic policy will continue under the same criteria that we have had over the last 10 years, we will act with discipline and rigor to control the inflationary pressures that the country still has.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Discipline stays beyond the exemption; otherwise, it loses and damages its credibility, accuracy, and definition.

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  • نظام, تهذيب, الأنضباط, فرع (من فروع المعرفة)Arabic
  • тәртип, фәнBashkir
  • възпитавам, дисциплина, наказание, дисциплинирамBulgarian
  • disciplína, obor, kázeňCzech
  • disziplinieren, Bestrafung, Strafe, DisziplinGerman
  • disĉiploEsperanto
  • disciplina, castigo, ramoSpanish
  • رشته, انPersian
  • piiskaus, kuritus, kurinpito, itsekuri, oppiaine, kuri, järjestyssäännötFinnish
  • discipline, branche, pénalitéFrench
  • disciplín, smacht, araíonachtIrish
  • משמעתHebrew
  • अनुHindi
  • գիտակարգArmenian
  • 規律Japanese
  • disciplinamLatin
  • akoranga, whakaraupapaMāori
  • temmen, ([[zelf]])[[beheersing]], tuchtiging, drillen, disciplineren, branche, tuchtstraf, tak, tuchtigen, disciplineDutch
  • modalidade, disciplinaPortuguese
  • disciplinăRomanian
  • упражнять, тренировать, дисциплинированность, подвергать взысканию, дисциплинировать, дисциплина, наказание, предмет, наказыватьRussian
  • disciplinSwedish
  • bilim dalı, ceza, disiplinTurkish
  • kỷ luậtVietnamese
  • 學科Chinese

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a convex shape that narrows toward a point
  • A. taper
  • B. viverrine
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