1. [syn: severance, severing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sever \Sev"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Severed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Severing.] [OF. sevrer, severer, to separate, F. sevrer to
wean, fr. L. separare. See Separate, and cf. Several.]
1. To separate, as one from another; to cut off from
something; to divide; to part in any way, especially by
violence, as by cutting, rending, etc.; as, to sever the
head from the body.
The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked
from among the just. --Matt. xiii.
2. To cut or break open or apart; to divide into parts; to
cut through; to disjoin; as, to sever the arm or leg.
Our state can not be severed; we are one. --Milton.
3. To keep distinct or apart; to except; to exempt.
I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in
which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall
be there. --Ex. viii.
4. (Law) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate; as, to
sever an estate in joint tenancy. --Blackstone.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of severing [syn: severance, severing]