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sev·er

 (sĕv′ər)
tr.v. sev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers
1. To cut off (a part) from a whole: severed the branch from the tree.
2. To divide into parts; break or interrupt: sever a cord; severed the army's supply lines.
3. To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve. See Synonyms at separate.

[Middle English severen, from Anglo-Norman severer, from Vulgar Latin *sēperāre, from Latin sēparāre; see separate.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.severed - detached by cutting; "cut flowers"; "a severed head"; "an old tale of Anne Bolyn walking the castle walls with her poor cut-off head under her arm"
cut - separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument; "the cut surface was mottled"; "cut tobacco"; "blood from his cut forehead"; "bandages on her cut wrists"
References in classic literature ?
A single glance showed him the truth, or at least a part of it--the steel projection that communicated the movement of the pointer upon the dial to the heart of the mechanism beneath had been severed.
What, in that flash of instant when his brain was severed from the rest of his body, Borckman may have felt or thought, if he felt or thought at all, is a mystery unsolvable to living man.
When first severed, the head is dropped astern and held there by a cable till the body is stripped.
At every blow he traced around him a great circle of severed limbs.
severed human head at the feet of his opponents and asked them to
In the bitterness of his heart, the Blackfoot renegade repined at the mishap which had severed him from a race of congenial spirits, and driven him to take refuge among beings so destitute of martial fire.
Tarzan drew his hunting knife from its sheath and reaching down, severed the thongs that bound her ankles.
One of the fellows stopped and severed the bonds that held my ankles.
Then everybody despises him for his cowardice and wants him punished and made ridiculous; so they hough him from behind, and it is the funniest thing in the world to see him hobbling around on his severed legs; the whole vast house goes into hurricanes of laughter over it; I have laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks to see it.
One hand was almost severed at the wrist and his silvery hair was dabbled in blood.
This tree was connected with all the events that had severed America from England.
Here all is literal, even to the severed arm of Wolfe, and the urn which held the ashes of Queen Dido.

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