from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut off the head of; behead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the head of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut off the head of; to behead.
- transitive v. To remove summarily from office.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To behead; cut off the head of.
- To remove from office summarily.
- In mathematics, to strike out, as the highest number of the symbol, in the symbolic method of calculating seminvariants.
- Of a word, to cut off the beginning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut the head of
Late Latin dēcapitāre, dēcapitāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French décapiter, from Late Latin decapitare, from de- + caput. (Wiktionary)