Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of reducing or shortening; the cutting or lopping off of a part.
  • noun In obstet., separation of the trunk from the head of tie fetus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of lopping or cutting off, as the head from the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of lopping or cutting off, as the head from the body.

Etymologies

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Latin detruncatio: compare French détroncation.

Examples

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  • The examples, thus mutilated, are no longer to be considered as conveying the sentiments or doctrine of their authours; the word for the sake of which they are inserted, with all its appendant clauses, has been carefully preserved; but it may sometimes happen, by hasty detruncation, that the general tendency of the sentence may be changed: the divine may desert his tenets, or the philosopher his system.

    —Johnson, preface to his Dictionary

    October 24, 2008