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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.

References in classic literature ?
Miss Cornelia snipped her thread off as viciously as if, Nero-like, she was severing the neck of mankind by the stroke.
At this moment the full strength of my love is revealed to me; it has survived the most terrible of all trials, the scorn you have shown for me by severing without regret the ties that bound us.
The other members of the tribe now took up the bombardment, using such hard-shelled fruits and dead branches as came within their reach, until Sheeta, goaded to frenzy and snapping at the grass rope, finally succeeded in severing its strands.
Sherrington, by experiments on dogs, showed that many of the usual marks of emotion were present in their behaviour even when, by severing the spinal cord in the lower cervical region, the viscera were cut off from all communication with the brain, except that existing through certain cranial nerves.
Agitation and anxiety of mind scatter wrinkles and grey hairs with no unsparing hand; but deeper traces follow on the silent uprooting of old habits, and severing of dear, familiar ties.
The applicants proposed severing a surplus farm dwelling.
Ultimately, the court determined that a property owner's conveyance severing legal access to a parcel does not bar a private condemnation action under Washington law.
The Bobby McAlpineowned mare was travelling well close to the pace when severing a tendon.