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sever
used in Moby Dick

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

or:

to break up or end a relationship; or to separate from something
  • When first severed, the head is dropped astern and held there by a cable till the body is stripped.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (4% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (24% in)
  • After being severed from the whale, the white-horse is first cut into portable oblongs ere going to the mincer.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (18% in)

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