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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sever  \Sev"er\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &.  p.  p.  {Severed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Severing}.]  [OF.  sevrer,  severer,  to  separate,  F.  sevrer  to 
  wean,  fr  L.  separare.  See  {Separate},  and  cf  {Several}.] 
  1.  To  separate,  as  one  from  another;  to  cut  off  from 
  something  to  divide;  to  part  in  any  way  especially  by 
  violence,  as  by  cutting,  rending,  etc.;  as  to  sever  the 
  head  from  the  body. 
 
  The  angels  shall  come  forth,  and  sever  the  wicked 
  from  among  the  just  --Matt.  xiii. 
  49. 
 
  2.  To  cut  or  break  open  or  apart;  to  divide  into  parts  to 
  cut  through  to  disjoin;  as  to  sever  the  arm  or  leg. 
 
  Our  state  can  not  be  severed;  we  are  one  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  keep  distinct  or  apart;  to  except;  to  exempt. 
 
  I  will  sever  in  that  day  the  land  of  Goshen,  in 
  which  my  people  dwell,  that  no  swarms  of  flies  shall 
  be  there  --Ex.  viii. 
  22. 
 
  4.  (Law)  To  disunite;  to  disconnect;  to  terminate;  as  to 
  sever  an  estate  in  joint  tenancy.  --Blackstone. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sever  \Sev"er\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  suffer  disjunction;  to  be  parted,  or  rent  asunder;  to 
  be  separated;  to  part  to  separate.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  separation  or  distinction;  to  distinguish. 
 
  The  Lord  shall  sever  between  the  cattle  of  Israel 
  and  the  cattle  of  Egypt.  --Ex.  ix  4. 
 
  They  claimed  the  right  of  severing  in  their 
  challenge.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sever 
  v  1:  set  or  keep  apart;  "sever  a  reatlionship"  [syn:  {break  up}] 
  2:  cut  off  from  a  whole;  "His  head  was  severed  from  his  body" 
  [syn:  {lop}] 




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