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Meaning of MUTILATE

Pronunciation:  'myoot`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  destroy, as of a limb
  2. [v]  destroy or injure severely; "The madman mutilates art work"
  3. [v]  alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language"

MUTILATE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: cut up, mangle, mar, murder
 See Also: damage, deface, distort, falsify, force out, garble, gouge, maim, warp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mu"ti*late\, a. [L. mutilatus, p. p. of mutilare to
    mutilate, fr. mutilus maimed; cf. Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Mutton}.]
    1. Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated.
       --Sir T. Browne.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Having finlike appendages or flukes instead of
       legs, as a cetacean.
  2. \Mu"ti*late\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A cetacean, or a sirenian.
  3. \Mu"ti*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mutilated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Mutilating}.]
    1. To cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim;
       to cripple; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue,
    2. To destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render
       imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero.
             Among the mutilated poets of antiquity, there is
             none whose fragments are so beautiful as those of
             Sappho.                               --Addison.
    {Mutilated gear}, {Mutilated wheel} (Mach.), a gear wheel
       from a portion of whose periphery the cogs are omitted. It
       is used for giving intermittent movements.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that someone or something is mutilated indicates that your integrity is put into question.
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