from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove the testicles of (a male); geld or emasculate.
  • transitive v. To remove the ovaries of (a female); spay.
  • transitive v. To deprive of virility or spirit; emasculate.
  • n. An individual who is incapable of reproduction as a result of removal, destruction, or inactivation of the gonads.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the testicles of.
  • v. To remove the ovaries of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of the testicles; to emasculate; to geld; to alter.
  • transitive v. To cut or take out; esp. to remove anything erroneous, or objectionable from, as the obscene parts of a writing; to expurgate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of the testicles; geld; emasculate.
  • In botany, to deprive (a flower) of its anthers.
  • To remove something objectionable from, as obscene parts from a writing; expurgate; destroy the strength or virility of; emasculate.
  • To take out a leaf or sheet from, and render imperfect; mutilate.
  • Figuratively, to take the vigor or spirit from; mortify.
  • Gelded; emasculated.
  • In botany, deprived of the anthers; anantherous: applied to stamens or flowers.
  • n. One who or that which has been castrated, gelded, or emasculated; a eunuch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  • n. a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction
  • v. remove the testicles of a male animal
  • v. remove the ovaries of
  • v. deprive of strength or vigor


Latin castrāre, castrāt-; see kes- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin castrātus, past participle of castrō. (Wiktionary)


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