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dismember (verb) cut into small parts; divide into small parts.
A murderer dismembers the body of their victim when they cut the body into small parts or tear it apart. The child was found murdered and dismembered. That is, it was killed and its body cut into small pieces. The butcher dismembers the body of the animal whose meat they sell. That is, they cut the animal into small pieces. A country if divided into a number of small parts is dismembered. The lack of a powerful ruler may see the rise of a number of local lords who assume power over small areas, and thus the country is dismembered, a position obtaining in India, before the British took over.
- At the turn of the 20th Century, a serial killer who called himself Jack the Ripper dismembered his victims so that they could not be identified.
- As part of an exercise in independent performance and coordinated functioning, the team was dismembered into small units with each unit assigned a specific responsibility.