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sever
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Moby Dick
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  • When first severed, the head is dropped astern and held there by a cable till the body is stripped.
  • After being severed from the whale, the white-horse is first cut into portable oblongs ere going to the mincer.
  • Whereupon, this accomplished swordsman, warning all hands to stand off, once more makes a scientific dash at the mass, and with a few sidelong, desperate, lunging slicings, severs it completely in twain; so that while the short lower part is still fast, the long upper strip, called a blanket-piece, swings clear, and is all ready for lowering.

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  • She severed an artery.
  • She plans to sever the relationship.

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