Mutilate 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 disfigure; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. To destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero. [1913 Webster]

Among the mutilated poets of antiquity, there is none whose fragments are so beautiful as those of Sappho. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • mutilate — [myo͞ot′ l āt΄] vt. mutilated, mutilating [< L mutilatus, pp. of mutilare, to maim, mutilate < mutilus, maimed; akin to Ir mut, short] 1. to cut off or damage a limb or other important part of (a person or animal) 2. to damage, injure, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Mutilate — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Having finlike appendages or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mutilate — I verb amputate, batter, blemish, bruise, butcher, cripple, cut, damage, debilitate, deface, deform, deprive of an important part, disable, disfigure, dismantle, dismember, distort, gash, impair, incapacitate, injure, knock out of shape, lacerate …   Law dictionary

  • mutilate — (v.) 1530s, of things; 1560s, of persons; from L. mutilatus, pp. of mutilare to cut off, lop off, cut short; maim, mutilate, from mutilus maimed (see MUTILATION (Cf. mutilation)). Technically, to deprive of some principal part, especially by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mutilate — Mu ti*late, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A cetacean, or a sirenian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mutilate — 1 *maim, cripple, batter, mangle Analogous words: injure, damage, hurt, spoil, mar: disfigure, *deface 2 *sterilize, castrate, spay, emasculate, alter, geld, caponize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mutilate — [v] maim, damage adulterate, amputate, batter, bowdlerize, butcher, cripple, crush, cut to pieces, cut up, deface, disable, disfigure, dismember, distort, expurgate, hack*, hash up*, hurt, injure, lacerate, lame, mangle, mar, mess up*, ravage,… …   New thesaurus

  • mutilate — ► VERB 1) inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on (someone). 2) inflict serious damage on (something). DERIVATIVES mutilation noun mutilator noun. ORIGIN Latin mutilare maim …   English terms dictionary

  • mutilate — UK [ˈmjuːtɪleɪt] / US [ˈmjut(ə)lˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms mutilate : present tense I/you/we/they mutilate he/she/it mutilates present participle mutilating past tense mutilated past participle mutilated a) to damage someone s body… …   English dictionary

  • mutilate — mu·ti·late myüt əl .āt vt, lat·ed; lat·ing to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of <mutilate a body> also CASTRATE (1) …   Medical dictionary

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