Hypertext Webster Gateway: "sever"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sever \Sev"er\, v. t. [imp. &. p. p. {Severed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Severing}.] [OF. sevrer, severer, to separate, F. sevrer to
wean, fr. L. separare. See {Separate}, and cf. {Several}.]
1. To separate, as one from another; to cut off from
something; to divide; to part in any way, especially by
violence, as by cutting, rending, etc.; as, to sever the
head from the body.

The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked
from among the just. --Matt. xiii.

2. To cut or break open or apart; to divide into parts; to
cut through; to disjoin; as, to sever the arm or leg.

Our state can not be severed; we are one. --Milton.

3. To keep distinct or apart; to except; to exempt.

I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in
which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall
be there. --Ex. viii.

4. (Law) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate; as, to
sever an estate in joint tenancy. --Blackstone.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sever \Sev"er\, v. i.
1. To suffer disjunction; to be parted, or rent asunder; to
be separated; to part; to separate. --Shak.

2. To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.

The Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel
and the cattle of Egypt. --Ex. ix. 4.

They claimed the right of severing in their
challenge. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: set or keep apart; "sever a relationship" [syn: {break up}]
2: cut off from a whole; "His head was severed from his body"
[syn: {lop}]

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