dismember(redirected from dismembering)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.
tr.v. dis·mem·bered, dis·mem·ber·ing, dis·mem·bers
1. To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
2. To divide into pieces.
[Middle English dismembren, from Old French desmembrer, from Vulgar Latin *dismembrāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin membrum, limb; see member.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. to remove the limbs or members of
2. to cut to pieces
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb.
2. to divide into parts; cut up.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desmembrer=des- dis-1 + -membrer, v. derivative of membre member]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: dismembered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||dismember - separate the limbs from the body; "the tiger dismembered the tourist"|
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
|2.||dismember - divide into pieces; "our department was dismembered when our funding dried up"; "The Empire was discerped after the war"|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
verb cut into pieces, divide, rend, sever, mutilate, dissect, dislocate, amputate, disjoint, anatomize, dislimb He dismembered her, hiding parts of her body in the cellar.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
dismember[dɪsˈmembəʳ] VT → desmembrar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
[+ body] → démembrer
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
dismember[dɪsˈmɛmbəʳ] vt (frm) → smembrare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
v. desmembrar, amputar; [to break apart] despedazar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012