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 (dĭ-sĕk′tĭd, dī-)
1. Botany Divided into many deep, narrow segments: dissected leaves.
2. Geology Cut by irregular valleys and hills.


(dɪˈsɛktɪd; daɪ-)
1. (Botany) botany in the form of narrow lobes or segments: dissected leaves.
2. (Geological Science) geology (of plains) cut by erosion into hills and valleys, esp following tectonic movements


(dɪˈsɛk tɪd, daɪ-)

1. deeply divided into numerous segments, as a leaf.
2. separated, by erosion, into many closely spaced crevices or gorges, as the surface of a plateau.
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Adj.1.dissected - having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
compound - composed of more than one part; "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads"
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Petersburg and the neighboring villages was dissected, plank by plank, and its foundations dug up and ran- sacked for hidden treasure -- and not by boys, but men -- pretty grave, unromantic men, too, some of them.
Properly dissected, the reptile creation is instructive in the last degree.
And that there may be less difficulty in understanding what I am about to say on this subject, I advise those who are not versed in anatomy, before they commence the perusal of these observations, to take the trouble of getting dissected in their presence the heart of some large animal possessed of lungs (for this is throughout sufficiently like the human), and to have shown to them its two ventricles or cavities: in the first place, that in the right side, with which correspond two very ample tubes, viz.
This school of Socialism dissected with great acuteness the contradictions in the conditions of modern production.
The body of the unfortunate girl was duly dissected, and no one remarked or appeared to recognise her.
I shall not gratify your curiosity, sir--a lady's wardrobe is not to be dissected in this manner.
He took the book, open at a diagram of the dissected part, and looked at what they had to find.
He dissected beauty in his crowded little bedroom laboratory, where cooking smells alternated with the outer bedlam of the Silva tribe; and, having dissected and learned the anatomy of beauty, he was nearer being able to create beauty itself.
And no matter how much he dissected beauty in search of the principles that underlie beauty and make beauty possible, he was aware, always, of the innermost mystery of beauty to which he did not penetrate and to which no man had ever penetrated.
Why, I suppose they can't do much to me, if I explain how it was that I got into the good company of that there ca-daverous old Slider,' replied Squeers viciously, 'who I wish was dead and buried, and resurrected and dissected, and hung upon wires in a anatomical museum, before ever I'd had anything to do with her.
Having carefully dissected several specimens of these workers, I can affirm that the eyes are far more rudimentary in the smaller workers than can be accounted for merely by their proportionally lesser size; and I fully believe, though I dare not assert so positively, that the workers of intermediate size have their ocelli in an exactly intermediate condition.
No little Gradgrind had ever known wonder on the subject, each little Gradgrind having at five years old dissected the Great Bear like a Professor Owen, and driven Charles's Wain like a locomotive engine-driver.