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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

  2. Dissect(verb)

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

  3. Origin: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dissect

    To analyse data or information.

    The panel had to dissect various parts of the scientific information to give their findings in their report.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on February 21, 2016  

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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. Paul Valery:

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

  2. Benjamin Lee Whorf:

    We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Lim Kit Siang:

    All Malaysians should study and dissect the most astonishing interview given by Najib on the 1MDB scandal with Reuters, i do not believe that Najib is so stupid, incompetent or ignorant, which only means he was lying through his teeth in his interview with Reuters.

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