Usage examples for disable

  1. It means to disable a man from work. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. Advancing towards him, they fired, and wounded, but did not disable him. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  3. His wound was indeed only slight- a shot in the arm, which is already far advanced toward healing, but will, nevertheless, disable him for service for a short time. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  4. Blyth says a brace of siagosh are often pitted against each other by the natives who keep them, a heavy wager pending as to which of the two will disable the greater number out of a flock of tame pigeons feeding, before the mass of them can rise out of reach, and ten or a dozen birds are commonly struck down right and left. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  5. But it was very soon discovered by the bright- eyed little gangsters of the best circles that he wasn't going to be an easy one to disable. – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. To add to his trouble, his foot, which had been broken in Tennessee previous to his capture, was now giving him great pain, and threatened to cripple him wholly; indeed, it would stiffen and disable the best of limbs to compass the journey he had made in darkness over strange, uneven, and hard- frozen ground, and through rivers, creeks, and bogs, and this without food or warmth. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  7. As Farragut had predicted, they did not in the course of six days' bombardment do harm enough to compel a surrender or disable the work; but they undoubtedly harassed the garrison to an extent that exercised an appreciable effect upon the fire of Jackson during the passage. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  8. The shell will pierce that, and if it strikes the engine- house or whatever it is in the middle of the square it will probably disable the works. –  by
  9. But she has been content to sit languidly down to the enjoyment of the passing hour, while her competitors were bracing every nerve and straining every muscle, not only to surpass her in the race for supremacy, but to disable and destroy her. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  10. They're trying to disable us.... – Gold in the Sky by Alan Edward Nourse
  11. He is bound to be cautious, however, how he attacks a buck, for the elk can do battle with his horns and hoofs, and might disable even the savage panther. – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  12. Kill three or four of the men at a gun, perhaps; tear away a bit of the ship's side; or perhaps disable the gun. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. He was aiming to disable the cowboy by kicking the injured foot. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  14. The bass fell silent, then supplemented in reassurance to the leader: " Thar hain't a timorous ner a disable feller in ther lot." – The Tempering by Charles Neville Buck
  15. He began to fear that the monster would disable the creature's wings; and where would its rider be then? – Stories from the Italian Poets: With Lives of the Writers, Vol. 2 by Leigh Hunt
  16. Still they were careful not to go so far as to disable me from work. – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  17. It was true enough; and the fugitives redoubled their efforts to reach the cutter, while the overseer continued the firing, so as to disable some of the party before they could attain the shelter the vessel would give. – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  18. The sergeant boobied the squad ship so no unauthorized person could make use of it, and so it would disable itself if anyone with expert knowledge tried. – A Matter of Importance by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  19. They were above all things eager for the destruction of the monarchy, and they reckoned that if the French army were victorious, its success would disable those who were most willing and might be most able to support the throne; while, if the enemy should prevail, it would be easy to represent their triumph as the fruit of the mismanagement, if not of the treachery, of the king's generals and ministers; and the opposition of these two parties was at this time so notorious that the queen thought it favorable to the king, since each would be eager to preserve him as a possible ally against its adversaries. – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  20. She turned and found herself grasped by Isabel Clinton, who, kneeling upon the platform, and frantic with terror, was clinging so closely to her as utterly to disable them both; she shrieked out, Oh, Gertrude! – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins