Hypertext Webster Gateway: "severed"

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 WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : detached by cutting; "cut flowers"; "a severed head"; "an
old tale of Anne Bolyn walking the castle walls with
her poor cut-off head under her arm" [syn: {cut off}]

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