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Meaning of DISMEMBER

Pronunciation:  dis'membur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  separate the limbs from the body; "the tiger dismembered the tourist"
  2. [v]  divide into pieces; "our department was dismembered when our funding dried up"

DISMEMBER is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: take apart
 See Also: divide, kill, part, separate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*mem"ber\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dismembered}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Dismembering}.] [OF. desmembrer, F.
d['e]membrer; pref. des- (L. dis) + OF. & F. membre limb. See
1. To tear limb from limb; to dilacerate; to disjoin member
   from member; to tear or cut in pieces; to break up.

         Fowls obscene dismembered his remains. --Pope.

         A society lacerated and dismembered.  --Gladstone.

         By whose hands the blow should be struck which would
         dismember that once mighty empire.    --Buckle.

2. To deprive of membership. [Obs.]

         They were dismembered by vote of the house. --R.

Syn: To disjoint; dislocate; dilacerate; mutilate; divide;

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