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dismember

verb dis·mem·ber \(ˌ)dis-ˈmem-bər\

: to cut or tear (a body) into pieces

: to separate (something) into smaller parts

dis·mem·bereddis·mem·ber·ing\-b(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of DISMEMBER

transitive verb
1
:  to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of
2
:  to break up or tear into pieces
dis·mem·ber·ment \-bər-mənt\ noun

Examples of DISMEMBER

  1. The victims' bodies had been dismembered and buried in the basement.
  2. <quickly dismembered the old toolshed and hauled it off to the dump>

Origin of DISMEMBER

Middle English dismembren, from Anglo-French desmembrer, from des- dis- + membre member
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DISMEMBER

dismember

transitive verb dis·mem·ber \(ˈ)dis-ˈmem-bər\   (Medical Dictionary)
dis·mem·bereddis·mem·ber·ing \-b(ə-)riŋ\

Medical Definition of DISMEMBER

:  to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of
dis·mem·ber·ment \-bər-mənt\ noun

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