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English Dictionary: sever by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. set or keep apart; "sever a relationship" [syn: sever, break up]
  2. cut off from a whole; "His head was severed from his body"; "The soul discerped from the body"
    Synonym(s): discerp, sever, lop
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 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.
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