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Physical SeparationPlay
Use 'sever' to describe physically cutting off parts like limbs, connections, or materials. SlideThe accident severed the power lines.
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Irreversible ActionPlay
'Sever' often implies that the separation is permanent and cannot be easily repaired. SlideThe sculpture fell and sever the arm from the statue.
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The action of severing is usually sudden and decisive, not gradual. SlideThe tree branch was severed by a single strike of lightning.