definition of severed by The Free Dictionary

A single glance showed him the truth, or at least a part of it–the steel projection that communicated the movement of the pointer upon the dial to the heart of the mechanism beneath had been severed.
What, in that flash of instant when his brain was severed from the rest of his body, Borckman may have felt or thought, if he felt or thought at all, is a mystery unsolvable to living man.
When first severed, the head is dropped astern and held there by a cable till the body is stripped.
At every blow he traced around him a great circle of severed limbs.
Entering an assembly of philosophers who were debating the matter, he cast a severed human head at the feet of his opponents and asked them to determine its zenith, explaining that its body was hanging by the heels outside.
In the bitterness of his heart, the Blackfoot renegade repined at the mishap which had severed him from a race of congenial spirits, and driven him to take refuge among beings so destitute of martial fire.
Tarzan drew his hunting knife from its sheath and reaching down, severed the thongs that bound her ankles.
One of the fellows stopped and severed the bonds that held my ankles.
Then everybody despises him for his cowardice and wants him punished and made ridiculous; so they hough him from behind, and it is the funniest thing in the world to see him hobbling around on his severed legs; the whole vast house goes into hurricanes of laughter over it; I have laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks to see it.
One hand was almost severed at the wrist and his silvery hair was dabbled in blood.
This tree was connected with all the events that had severed America from England.
Here all is literal, even to the severed arm of Wolfe, and the urn which held the ashes of Queen Dido.*

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