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sever

verb break apart, break off, cleave, cut, cut adrift, detach, dirimere, disband, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, dismember, dispair, dispart, dissever, dissociate, dissolve, disunite, divide, dividere, divorce, fissure, isolate, keep apart, lacerate, lop off, part, partition, rend, rend asunder, rive, rupture, segment, segregate, separare, set apart, slit, splinter, split, subdivide, sunder, tear, unbind, uncouple, unfasten, untie, wrench
Associated concepts: sever a claim, sever a party, sever an action, severable cause of action, severable contract
See also: abandon, break, detach, dichotomize, disband, discontinue, disengage, disjoint, dissociate, dissolve, divide, divorce, estrange, excise, interrupt, isolate, luxate, part, partition, rend, separate, split, subdivide

TO SEVER, practice. When defendants who are sued jointly have separate defences, they may in general sever, that is, each one rely on his own separate defence; each may plead severally and insist on his own separate plea. See Severance.

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Herr Severing initially found himself work as a brass finisher at 12 shillings (60p) a week, and lodgings in Great Tindal Street.
The applicant proposed severing off a surplus farm dwelling.
Severing the spinal cord cuts the axons, the long tendrils of neurons that extend up and down the spinal cord.
In an unusual finding that suggests a new strategy for healing damaged spinal cords, scientists have shown that severing nerve fibers in the body's periphery stimulates repair of related fibers within the cord.