dismember

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verb dis·mem·ber \(ˌ)dis-ˈmem-bər\

Definition of dismember

dismembered

;

dismembering

play \-b(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of

  3. 2 :  to break up or tear into pieces

dismemberment

play \-bər-mənt\ noun

Examples of dismember in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of dismember

Middle English dismembren, from Anglo-French desmembrer, from des- dis- + membre member


First Known Use: 14th century


DISMEMBER Defined for English Language Learners

dismember

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verb dis·mem·ber \(ˌ)dis-ˈmem-bər\

Definition of dismember for English Language Learners

  • : to cut or tear (a body) into pieces

  • : to separate (something) into smaller parts


Medical Dictionary

dismember

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transitive verb dis·mem·ber \(ˈ)dis-ˈmem-bər\

Medical Definition of dismember

dismembered

;

dismembering

\-b(ə-)riŋ\play
  1. :  to cut off or disjoin the limbs, members, or parts of

dismemberment

\-bər-mənt\play noun


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