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dismember


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dismember  \Dis*mem"ber\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dismembered};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Dismembering}.]  [OF.  desmembrer  F. 
  d['e]membrer;  pref.  des-  (L.  dis)  +  OF  &  F.  membre  limb.  See 
  {Member}.] 
  1.  To  tear  limb  from  limb;  to  dilacerate;  to  disjoin  member 
  from  member;  to  tear  or  cut  in  pieces;  to  break  up 
 
  Fowls  obscene  dismembered  his  remains.  --Pope. 
 
  A  society  lacerated  and  dismembered.  --Gladstone. 
 
  By  whose  hands  the  blow  should  be  struck  which  would 
  dismember  that  once  mighty  empire.  --Buckle. 
 
  2.  To  deprive  of  membership.  [Obs.] 
 
  They  were  dismembered  by  vote  of  the  house.  --R. 
  North. 
 
  Syn:  To  disjoint;  dislocate;  dilacerate;  mutilate;  divide; 
  sever. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dismember 
  v  1:  separate  the  limbs  from  the  body;  "the  tiger  dismembered  the 
  tourist" 
  2:  divide  into  pieces;  "our  department  was  dismembered  when  our 
  funding  dried  up"  [syn:  {take  apart}] 




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