Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Dis"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dis \Dis\, n. [L.]
The god Pluto. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dis- \Dis-\ (?; 258)

1. A prefix from the Latin, whence F. d['e]s, or sometimes
d['e]-, dis-. The Latin dis-appears as di-before b, d, g,
l, m, n, r, v, becomes dif-before f, and either dis-or di-
before j. It is from the same root as bis twice, and duo,
E. two. See {Two}, and cf. {Bi-}, {Di-}, {Dia-}.
Dis-denotes separation, a parting from, as in distribute,
disconnect; hence it often has the force of a privative
and negative, as in disarm, disoblige, disagree. Also
intensive, as in dissever.

Note: Walker's rule of pronouncing this prefix is, that the s
ought always to be pronounced like z, when the next
syllable is accented and begins with ``a flat mute [b,
d, v, g, z], a liquid [l, m, n, r], or a vowel; as,
disable, disease, disorder, disuse, disband, disdain,
disgrace, disvalue, disjoin, dislike, dislodge, dismay,
dismember, dismiss, dismount, disnatured, disrank,
disrelish, disrobe.'' Dr. Webster's example in
disapproving of Walker's rule and pronouncing dis-as
diz in only one (disease) of the above words, is
followed by recent ortho["e]pists. See {Disable},
{Disgrace}, and the other words, beginning with dis-,
in this Dictionary.

2. A prefix from Gr. di`s- twice. See {Di-}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Pluto [syn: {Dis},

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