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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 di·vorce /dəˈvors, ˈvɔrs ||daɪ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·vorce n.
 1. Law (a) A legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a court or other body having competent authority.  This is properly a divorce, and called, technically, divorce a vinculo matrimonii. “from the bond of matrimony.” (b) The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or a mensa et thoro), “from bed and board”.
 2. The decree or writing by which marriage is dissolved.
 3. Separation; disunion of things closely united.
    To make divorce of their incorporate league.   --Shak.
 4. That which separates. [Obs.]
 Bill of divorce. See under Bill.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·vorce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divorced p. pr. & vb. n. Divorcing.]
 1. To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or partially; to separate by divorce.
 2. To separate or disunite; to sunder.
    It [a word] was divorced from its old sense.   --Earle.
 3. To make away; to put away.
 Nothing but death
 Shall e'er divorce my dignities.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the legal dissolution of a marriage [syn: divorcement]
      v 1: part; cease or break association with; "She disassociated
           herself from the organization when she found out the
           identity of the president" [syn: disassociate, dissociate,
            disunite, disjoint]
      2: get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage; "The couple
         divorced after only 6 months" [syn: split up]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    The dissolution of the marriage tie was regulated by the Mosaic
    law (Deut. 24:1-4). The Jews, after the Captivity, were reguired
    to dismiss the foreign women they had married contrary to the
    law (Ezra 10:11-19). Christ limited the permission of divorce to
    the single case of adultery. It seems that it was not uncommon
    for the Jews at that time to dissolve the union on very slight
    pretences (Matt. 5:31, 32; 19:1-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18).
    These precepts given by Christ regulate the law of divorce in
    the Christian Church.