a tax levied by a state on the extraction and use of a natural product, as coal, that is sold outside the state or during a certain period.
adjective, severer, severest. 1. harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws. 2. serious or stern in manner or appearance: a severe face. 3. grave; critical: a severe illness. 4. rigidly restrained in style, taste, manner, etc.; simple, plain, or austere. 5. causing discomfort or distress by extreme character or conditions, as weather, cold, or heat; […]
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
severe acute respiratory syndrome n. Abbr. SARS A sometimes fatal viral infection characterized by fever, malaise, and a dry cough with difficult breathing that can lead to insufficent oxygen in the arterial blood.
or severe combined immunodeficiency noun, Pathology. 1. a group of rare congenital disorders in which both cell-mediated and humoral immunity are lacking, causing susceptibility to a wide variety of illnesses and an inability to live in a normal environment. Abbreviation: SCID.
verb (used with object) 1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like. 2. to divide into parts, especially forcibly; cleave. 3. to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.). 4. Law. to divide into parts; disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.). 5. to distinguish; discriminate between. verb […]