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

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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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