Definition of dissect :
1. To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to divide and examine minutely.
2. 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.
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analyze (part of speech: verb)
separate (part of speech: verb)
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disintegrate (part of speech: verb)
- But I might as well try to dissect a storm, and write the gusts of a tempest, as to describe all the waves of passion in that fluctuating and agonized heart: the feelings and the agitation of a life were crowded into those few hours, during which she awaited the lover she had lost. - "Put Yourself in His Place", Charles Reade.
- Now it might seem to the desultory reader that to take the lancet and cut into this alluring voice quality would be to dissect a butterfly wing and so destroy its charm. - "The Art of Public Speaking", Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein.
- This liberal- minded churchman put a room at his disposal, and allowed him to dissect dead bodies. - "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", John Addington Symonds.