|1.||[ noun ] advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning|
|Related terms:||advantage penalty|
|2.||[ noun ] (medicine) the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness|
|Synonyms:||disability impairment disablement|
"reading disability" "hearing impairment"
|Related terms:||unfitness bowleg anorgasmia astasia bow_leg hearing_impairment disability_of_walking visual_impairment prolapse knock-knee amputation dysomia hypesthesia pigeon_toes anosmia disable|
|3.||[ verb ] injure permanently|
|Synonyms:||invalid incapacitate disable|
"He was disabled in a car accident"
|Related terms:||injure hock disability|
|4.||[ verb ] put at a disadvantage|
|Synonyms:||hamper hinder disadvantage|
"The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
|Related terms:||disadvantage bias shackle|
|5.||[ verb ] (horse racing) attempt to forecast the winner (esp. in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant|
|6.||[ noun ] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress|
|Synonyms:||deterrent balk impediment baulk check hindrance|
|Related terms:||difficulty obstacle drag albatross straitjacket bind obstruct|