Definitions

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

  • noun The act of cutting or severing; division or fission.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of cutting or dividing, as with an edged instrument; the state of being cut; hence, division; fission; cleavage; splitting.
  • noun Schism.

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

  • noun The act of dividing with an instrument having a sharp edge.

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

  • noun the act of division, separation, cutting or severing
  • noun cleavage

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

  • noun the act of dividing by cutting or splitting

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin scissiō, scissiōn-, from Latin scissus, past participle of scindere, to cut, split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

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