Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation.

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  • noun A person who has had one or more limbs removed.

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  • noun someone who has had a limb removed by amputation

Etymologies

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From French amputée, (past participle of amputer ("to amputate")), from Latin amputatus, perfect passive participle of amputare ("to amputate").

Examples

  • I learn the word amputee and hobble around, pretending I am wounded in the jungles of Vietnam.

    The Memory Palace

  • I learn the word amputee and hobble around, pretending I am wounded in the jungles of Vietnam.

    The Memory Palace

  • Comparing Olympic hopeful sprinter Oscar Pistorius, a double-leg amputee, to ultrarunner Amy Palmiero-Winters, a single-leg amputee, is impossible, says the co-author of a study that found Pistorius 'light and springy prosthetics enhanced sprint speeds by 15%-30%.

    Running down a dream: Leg amputee makes U.S. track team

  • That said, attacking a special olympian, a wheel chair bound amputee is probably counterproductive.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • That said, attacking a special olympian, a wheel chair bound amputee is probably counterproductive.

    Not All Protests Are Created Equal

  • Look at the reichwing attacks on Murtha questioning his bravery and the shameful treatment given Max Cleland-a triple amputee from the Vietnam war by Axby Chambliss-a draft dodger.

    Think Progress » Hagel: The Iraq War Is ‘An Absolute Replay Of Vietnam’

  • In 2004, he conducted a study of 52 people who identified as amputee-wannabes.

    Cutting Desire

  • I have still one question: at your profile, the 'amputee' keyword appear.

    rich

  • "My palms were actually sweating the first time I typed 'amputee' into a search engine," one wannabe wrote to me.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • "My palms were actually sweating the first time I typed 'amputee' into a search engine," one wannabe wrote to me.

    A New Way to Be Mad

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