from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate or divide in thought; consider individually.
- intransitive v. To withdraw one's attention.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cut off, detach or separate something
- v. To think about multiple things individually
- v. To stop thinking about something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut off; to abstract.
- transitive v. To consider by a separate act of attention or analysis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate from other facts or ideas for special consideration; strip of extrinsic adjuncts, especially in conception.
- To withdraw the attention: usually with from.
Latin praescindere, to cut off in front : prae-, pre- + scindere, to cut off, split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)