from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free (the soul or spirit) from the body.
- transitive v. To divest of material existence or substance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause one's soul, spirit, or consciousness to become separated from the physical body.
- v. To separate from an object or group
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divest of the body or corporeal existence.
- transitive v. To disarm and disband, as a body of soldiers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divest of body; free from flesh.
- To discharge from military incorporation; disarm (a military body) and release from service for a specified period: as, the militia was disembodied.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. free from a body or physical form or reality
I don't entirely disagree with this, but to emphasize "feeling" and to disembody "meaning" so thoroughly takes our attention too far way from the fact that finally style is a matter of words on a page.
The strategies and ultimate goals are the same for any kind of torture: to humiliate, disembody (through denying the victim authority over his/her own physical self), extract confessions (whether true or false) and ultimately permanently terrorize the victims to prevent further 'disturbances'.
She also sees the desire to articulate color in words as an attempt to disembody women from menstruation, their bodily function.
To disembody heads of beloved television characters.
In Remainder, the INS general secretary puts his theoretical ideas to lively yet unobtrusive use, for the Re-enactor himself does not realize he is a Necronaut; he is simply a bloke, and, with Naz facilitating at his side he hopes, like the rest of us, to dominate matter, the better to disembody it.
It's up to others' interface choice as to whether or not you see my avatar's tag, and it's not like I can't disembody my viewpoint anyway and be an invisible eye... so why can't I be tiny?
You know, there's a lot of bluster about well, you know, I can get a woman or I want to see a woman for her parts and disembody her and I don't think that deep down it feels very good.
Nothing could be more ill-considered than the desire to disembody reason.
I see him stopped at some uninteresting station, and sitting there waiting -- patiently waiting -- for me to disembody myself and come on.
I could only disembody myself; fly back to London for a few hours; and listen invisibly to society talking about me.