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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