from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut off (a projecting body part), especially by surgery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To surgically remove a part of the body, especially a limb
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prune or lop off, as branches or tendrils.
- transitive v. To cut off (a limb or projecting part of the body)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prune, as branches or twigs of trees or vines.
- To cut off, as a limb or other part of an animal body; cut away the whole or a part of (more commonly the latter): as, to amputate the leg below the knee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove surgically
Latin amputāre, amputāt-, to cut around : am-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + putāre, to cut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amputō ("prune, cut away"). (Wiktionary)