dismember(redirected from dismembering)
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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.]
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)
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]
Past participle: dismembered
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|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"|
dismember[dɪsˈmembəʳ] VT → desmembrar
dismember[dɪsˈmɛmbəʳ] vt (frm) → smembrare
v. desmembrar, amputar; [to break apart] despedazar.