(Sev`en*ty-four") n. (Naut.) A naval vessel carrying seventy-four guns.
(Sev"en-up`), n. The game of cards called also all fours, and old sledge. [U. S.]
(Sev"er) v. t. [imp. &. p. p. Severed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Severing.] [OF. sevrer, severer, to
separate, F. sevrer to wean, fr. L. separare. See Separate, and cf. Several.]
1. To separate, as one from another; to cut off from something; to divide; to part in any way, especially by
violence, as by cutting, rending, etc.; as, to sever the head from the body.
The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.Matt. xiii. 49.
2. To cut or break open or apart; to divide into parts; to cut through; to disjoin; as, to sever the arm or leg.
Our state can not be severed; we are one.Milton.
3. To keep distinct or apart; to except; to exempt.
I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be
there.Ex. viii. 22.
4. (Law) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate; as, to sever an estate in joint tenancy. Blackstone.
(Sev"er), v. i.
1. To suffer disjunction; to be parted, or rent asunder; to be separated; to part; to separate. Shak.
2. To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.
The Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt.Ex. ix. 4.
They claimed the right of severing in their challenge.Macaulay.
(Sev"er*a*ble) a. Capable of being severed. Encyc. Dict.
(Sev"er*al) a. [OF., fr. LL. separalis, fr. L. separ separate, different. See Sever, Separate.]
1. Separate; distinct; particular; single.
Each several ship a victory did gain.Dryden.
Each might his several province well command,Pope.
Would all but stoop to what they understand.