American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
- v. To divide into pieces.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate the members of; divide limb from limb; tear or cut in pieces; dilacerate.
- To strip of members or constituent parts; sever and distribute the parts of; take a part or parts from: as, to dismember a kingdom.
- To withdraw or exclude from membership, as of a society or body; declare to be no longer a member.
- Synonyms and
- To disjoint, pull a part, break up.
- v. transitive To remove the limbs of.
- v. transitive To cut or otherwise divide something into pieces.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To tear limb from limb; to dilacerate; to disjoin member from member; to tear or cut in pieces; to break up.
- v. obsolete To deprive of membership.
- v. separate the limbs from the body
- v. divide into pieces
- Old French desmembrer, from des- ("de-") + membre ("limb") + -er ("verbal suffix") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dismembren, from Old French desmembrer, from Vulgar Latin *dismembrāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin membrum, limb; see member. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Finally, Geithner's language - he wants to "dismember" failed financial firms "safely" - is interesting.”
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