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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 ?
Still she waited the stroke, for with Borckman's head thrown back was no time to strive to sever the spinal cord at the neck.
Hesiod's diction is in the main Homeric, but one of his charms is the use of quaint allusive phrases derived, perhaps, from a pre- Hesiodic peasant poetry: thus the season when Boreas blows is the time when `the Boneless One gnaws his foot by his fireless hearth in his cheerless house'; to cut one's nails is `to sever the withered from the quick upon that which has five branches'; similarly the burglar is the `day-sleeper', and the serpent is the `hairless one'.
He approached the tent, and was about to sever two of its folds, with the very obvious intention of examining, more closely, into the nature of its contents, when the man who had once already placed his life in jeopardy, seized him by the arm, and with a rude exercise of his strength threw him from the spot he had selected as the one most convenient for his object.
Brian Severs pleaded guilty at Llandudno magistrates court to causing more than PS8,000 worth of damage at the bungalow on Marston Road, Rhos on Sea.
Staff at Hill International are mourning the death of senior vice president Michael Severs who was killed while out on his bicycle on Friday.
According to the Court of Appeals of Washington, an owner's conveyance that severs legal access to the property is a fact to be weighed in determining the reasonable need for a way of necessity and is not a complete bar.
Dr Severs thanked everyone for their support, particularly Beryl Turner who initiated the project.
Caroline Gregg and Andrew Severs of Shotley Bridge, Consett, County Durham, were married on February 29 at Close House, Wylam, Northumberland, where their reception was also held.
Severs, 46, admitted a sickening catalogue of cruelty and neglect on Doorpool Farm at Bonchester Bridge, Roxburghshire.
This large customer base can only be served if these low-end storage expansion severs hide the enterprise class technology, that makes them work.
NEW YORK, September 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) announced that Paul Severs has been named Managing Director and Associate General Counsel.
It is believed Mr Severs, who had a heart condition, may have slipped after suffering a heart attack.