from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To disable or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other part of the body. See Synonyms at batter1.
- transitive v. To make imperfect or defective; impair.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wound seriously; to cause permanent loss of function of a limb or part of the body.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person in fighting less able either to defend himself or to annoy his adversary.
- transitive v. To mutilate; to cripple; to injure; to disable; to impair.
- n. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, by which one is rendered less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary.
- n. The privation of any necessary part; a crippling; mutilation; injury; deprivation of something essential. See Mayhem.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disable by wounding or mutilation; deprive of, or of the use of, a necessary constituent part, as of the body, or, figuratively, of anything; in old law, to deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person less able to defend himself in fighting, or to annoy his adversary; mutilate. See mayhem.
- Synonyms Mangle, etc. See mutilate.
- n. A disabling wound or mutilation: the deprivation of a necessary part, or of the use of it, as a limb; a crippling, or that which cripples; in old law, deprivation by injury or removal of the use of some member serviceable in fight or for self-protection.
- n. See the quotation, and mayhem.
- n. A hurt or wound in general; an injury.
- n. A defect or blemish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
Middle English maimen, from Old French mahaignier; see mayhem.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English maymen, mahaymen, from Anglo-Norman maheimer, mahaigner; see mayhem. (Wiktionary)