from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
- transitive v. To divide into pieces.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the limbs of.
- v. To cut or otherwise divide something into pieces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tear limb from limb; to dilacerate; to disjoin member from member; to tear or cut in pieces; to break up.
- transitive v. To deprive of membership.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate the members of; divide limb from limb; tear or cut in pieces; dilacerate.
- To strip of members or constituent parts; sever and distribute the parts of; take a part or parts from: as, to dismember a kingdom.
- To withdraw or exclude from membership, as of a society or body; declare to be no longer a member.
- Synonyms and
- To disjoint, pull a part, break up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. separate the limbs from the body
- v. divide into pieces
Middle English dismembren, from Old French desmembrer, from Vulgar Latin *dismembrāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin membrum, limb; see member.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French desmembrer, from des- ("de-") + membre ("limb") + -er ("verbal suffix") (Wiktionary)