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Definitions for dissect
dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ-dis·sect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissectverb

    cut open or cut apart

    "dissect the bodies for analysis"

  2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apartverb

    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. dissectverb

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

  2. dissectverb

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

  3. dissectverb

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

  4. dissectverb

    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. dissectverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissectverb

    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. Dissectverb

    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. Anthony Fauci:

    I have real problems with that guy, he's a smart guy who's talking about things that I believe he doesn't have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn't make any sense.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

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