from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rip, cut, or tear.
- transitive v. To cause deep emotional pain to; distress.
- adj. Torn; mangled.
- adj. Wounded.
- adj. Having jagged, deeply cut edges: lacerate leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To tear, rip or wound.
- v. To thoroughly defeat; to thrash
- adj. Jagged, as if torn or lacerated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tear; to rend; to separate by tearing; to mangle.
- adj. Rent; torn; mangled.
- adj. Jagged, or slashed irregularly, at the end, or along the edge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tear roughly; mangle in rending or violently tearing apart: as, to lacerate the flesh; a lacerated wound.
- Figuratively, to torture; harrow: as, to lacerate one's feelings.
- Rent; torn: specifically applied (from natural appearance) in botany (also lacerated) to a leaf having the edge variously cut into irregular segments, and in anatomy to three foramina at the base of the cranium. See below.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having edges that are jagged from injury
- v. cut or tear irregularly
- adj. irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
- v. deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
Middle English laceraten, from Latin lacerāre, lacerāt-, from lacer, torn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English laceraten, from Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerō. (Wiktionary)