from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate; sever.
- transitive v. To divide into parts; break up.
- intransitive v. To become separated or disunited.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To separate, split apart.
- v. To divide into separate parts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To part in two; to sever thoroughly; to sunder; to disunite; to separate; to disperse.
- intransitive v. To part; to separate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dispart; divide asunder; separate; disunite by any means: as, the Reformation dissevered the Catholic Church.
- To part; separate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. separate into parts or portions
Middle English disseveren, from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dissēparāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin sēparāre, to separate; see separate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman desevrer, Old French dessevrer, from Latin dissēperō, from dis- + sēparō. (Wiktionary)