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dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ-dis·sect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissect(verb)

    cut open or cut apart

    "dissect the bodies for analysis"

  2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart(verb)

    make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features

    "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"


  1. dissect(Verb)

    To study an animal's anatomy by cutting it apart; to perform a necropsy or an autopsy.

  2. dissect(Verb)

    To study a plant or other organism's anatomy similarly.

  3. dissect(Verb)

    To analyze an idea in detail by separating it into its parts.

  4. dissect(Verb)

    To separate muscles, organs, and so on without cutting into them or disrupting their architecture.

    Now dissect the triceps away from its attachment on the humerus.

  5. dissect(Verb)

    Of an infection or foreign material, following the fascia separating muscles or other organs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissect(verb)

    to divide into separate parts; to cut in pieces; to separate and expose the parts of, as an animal or a plant, for examination and to show their structure and relations; to anatomize

    Etymology: [L. dissectus, p. p. of dissecare; dis- + secare to cut. See Section.]

  2. Dissect(verb)

    to analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to divide and examine minutely

    Etymology: [L. dissectus, p. p. of dissecare; dis- + secare to cut. See Section.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissect

    dis-sekt′, v.t. to cut asunder: to cut into parts for the purpose of minute examination: to divide and examine: to analyse and criticise (often hostilely, as a man's character or motives).—adj. Dissect′ible.—ns. Dissect′ing; Dissec′tion, the act or the art of cutting in pieces a plant or animal in order to ascertain the structure of its parts: anatomy.—adj. Dissect′ive, tending to dissect.—n. Dissect′or.—Dissected map, picture, a map or picture on a board cut into pieces, so that the putting of them together forms a puzzle. [L. dissecāre, dissectumdis, asunder, secāre, to cut.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissect in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of dissect in a Sentence

  1. Denise LaFrance:

    Do not dissect a rainbow. In other words, do not destroy a beautiful phenomenon by overanalyzing it.

  2. Paul Valery:

    Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.

  3. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Mind is like an archaeologist, it can only dissect and research dead things, events on how, when, where & why. It can never be in the NOW. Only BEING is capable to be in the NOW and EXPERIENCE!

  4. Henry Kravis:

    At KKR, we devote a great deal of time, attention and creativity trying to dissect, understand and anticipate change with the goal of achieving consistently strong returns for our investors.

  5. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    The intuitive always attempt to dissect a problem, person or other matters of nature and therefore are the nobles of wisdom.

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