Usage examples for disable

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. He was aiming to disable the cowboy by kicking the injured foot. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. They're trying to disable us.... – Gold in the Sky by Alan Edward Nourse