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Definition to split something into two unconnected parts — usually by cutting


to break up or end a relationship; or to separate from something
  • She severed an artery.
severed = cut all the way through
  • She plans to sever the relationship.
  • A moment later I come across the source of the odor: a plastic garbage bag filled with feathers, down, and the severed wings of several birds.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • severed = cut off
  • Jem sat from after breakfast until sunset and would have remained overnight had not Atticus severed his supply lines.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • severed = cut off
  • ...and he drove the blade between the vertebrae and the brain. It was an easy shot now and he felt the cartilage sever.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • sever = split in two
  • Unaware of public scrutiny from above, Judge Taylor disposed of the severed end by propelling it expertly to his lips and saying, "Fhluck!"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • severed = cut-off
  • And in thinking this he remembered, without apparent relevance, how a few weeks ago he had seen a severed hand lying on the pavement and had kicked it into the gutter as though it had been a cabbage-stalk.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • severed = cut off
  • Shortly after Everett's disappearance his father suggested that the boy had probably been inspired to call himself Nemo by Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a book Everett read many times, in which the purehearted protagonist, Captain Nemo, flees civilization and severs his "every tie upon the earth."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • severs = separates
  • Mom had her elbows flat on the tabletop and both hands up under her chin, like she was holding her own severed head.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Razor's target was the smallest thing that is the sum of all things, his bullet the sword that severs the chain that bound me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • He was too busy healing wounds, binding up torn flesh, connecting severed nerves and straightening broken bones.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • The moment their connection was severed, they let out a scream so powerful it generated its own wind.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Does this mean I'll have a severed head in the afterlife, I wonder stupidly.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • When I was severed from the school, I knew I had lost a relationship of infinite and timeless value, and one that I would never know again.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Also, when thinking of him, saw always a stern severed head or death mask as if outlined on a grey curtain or veronica.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I do not rightly know, even now, what made me so headstrong in this, but it seemed good to me then to sever every tie that bound me to my old life.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • I have my eyes on it: hardly three feet to sever me!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Whatever Sarafine had done to sever the connection between us, it no longer mattered.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Blood had matted the great thatch of fur on his head, and one ear, half severed, hung down beside his face.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • They fix it by replacing a severed spine with the spine of an Unwind.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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