2. [syn: analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dissect \Dis*sect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissected; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dissecting.] [L. dissectus, p. p. of dissecare; dis-
+ secare to cut. See Section.]
1. (Anat.) To divide into separate parts; to cut in pieces;
to separate and expose the parts of, as an animal or a
plant, for examination and to show their structure and
relations; to anatomize.
2. To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to
divide and examine minutely.
This paragraph . . . I have dissected for a sample.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: cut open or cut apart; "dissect the bodies for analysis"
2: make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of;
break down into components or essential features; "analyze a
specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical
compound" [syn: analyze, analyse, break down,
dissect, take apart] [ant: synthesise, synthesize]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
28 Moby Thesaurus words for "dissect":
analyze, anatomize, assay, break down, break up, carve, cleave,
cut, decompose, dichotomize, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, divide,
part, penetrate, pierce, probe, reduce, reduce to elements,
resolve, segment, separate, sever, slice, split, subdivide,