Definitions

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  • verb Present participle of sever.
  • noun The act by which something is severed.

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

  • noun the act of severing

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Examples

  • I returned to the sawing process, and at the end of half an hour succeeded in severing the rope.

    YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF

  • Slavery was so systematic in severing all the links with Africa, that African Americans became perhaps second only to Native Americans as genuinely American people with no real investment in the past, in the place of origin.

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  • The Supremes overstepped their authority in severing a recount of the results which has subsequently shown that W lost in Florida.

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  • BERGEN: Well, a senior U.S. official that -- military official I've talked to used the phrase severing out al Qaeda from the Taliban is like picking gray hairs out of your head particularly in Pakistan.

    CNN Transcript Sep 7, 2006

  • I returned to the sawing process, and at the end of half an hour succeeded in severing the rope.

    Yellow Handkerchief

  • Tamyris swings at it next, her greatsword severing its arm at the shoulder.

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  • But critics argue that the entire child-welfare network must approach the idea of severing parents 'rights as aggressively as it now approaches family reunification.

    Why Leave Children With Bad Parents?

  • A chain holding a group of satyrs parted as he swayed to the side, his sword severing several links.

    Odyssey

  • A chain holding a group of satyrs parted as he swayed to the side, his sword severing several links.

    Odyssey

  • Spakiots of Crete; the aspirations of Ali Pacha, who conceived the idea of severing his connection with the Sultan and assuming the independent government of Albania; the impunity with which the Klephts or pirates pursued their calling in the Levant, all combined to demonstrate the real weakness of the Turkish rule, and at last brought about a national rising.

    Charles Philip Yorke, Fourth Earl of Hardwicke, Vice-Admiral R.N. — a Memoir

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