Mutilate

Definition of Mutilate

Mu´ti`late
a.1.Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated.
2.(Zool.) Having finlike appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean.
n.1.(Zool.) A cetacean, or a sirenian.
v. t.1.To cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim; to cripple; to disfigure; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc.
[imp. & p. p. Mutilated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mutilating .]
2.To destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero.
Among the mutilated poets of antiquity, there is none whose fragments are so beautiful as those of Sappho.
- Addison.
Mutilated gear
(Mach.) a gear wheel from a portion of whose periphery the cogs are omitted. It is used for giving intermittent movements.

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