• WordNet 3.6
    • adj detached used of buildings; standing apart from others "detached houses","a detached garage"
    • adj detached showing lack of emotional involvement "adopted a degage pose on the arm of the easy chair"- J.S.Perelman","she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive","an uninvolved bystander"
    • adj detached no longer connected or joined "a detached part","on one side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached","the separated spacecraft will return to their home bases"
    • adj detached not fixed in position "the detached shutter fell on him","he pulled his arm free and ran"
    • adj detached lacking affection or warm feeling "an uncaring person"
    • adj detached being or feeling set or kept apart from others "she felt detached from the group","could not remain the isolated figure he had been"- Sherwood Anderson","thought of herself as alone and separated from the others","had a set-apart feeling"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sawney Beane, his wife, 8 sons, 6 daughters, and 32 grandchildren were a family of cannibals that lived in the caves near Galloway, Scotland in the early 17th Century. Although the total number is not known, it is believed they claimed over 50 victims per year. The entire family was taken by an army detachment to Edinburgh and executed, apparently without trial
    • a Detached Separate; unconnected, or imperfectly connected; as, detached parcels. "Extensive and detached empire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Roman statues were made with detachable heads, so that one head could be removed and replaced by another.
    • detached Disjoined or dissociated; not united or not contiguous; being or becoming separate; unattached: as, detached rocks or portions of rock; a detached house; detached bodies of troops.
    • detached Of a separate character; belonging to a detached person or body: chiefly military: as, to be employed on detached service or duty; a detached mission.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Starfish eat by regurgitating their stomach on top of their food. If they dont like what they are eating they detach the stomach and grow a new one.
    • p.adj Detached unconnected: separate: free from care, passion, ambition, and worldly bonds
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  • Simone Weil
    “Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.”
  • Meister Eckhart
    “He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”
  • St. John of the Cross
    St. John of the Cross
    “Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”
  • St. Theresa of Lisieux
    St. Theresa of Lisieux
    “True love grows by sacrifice and the more thoroughly the soul rejects natural satisfaction the stronger and more detached its tenderness becomes.”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it.”
  • Simone Weil
    “There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. détacherde, neg., and root of attach.


In literature:

If we send a detachment round 'twill take all of that.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Several men were detached across the stream to find an opening.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The next morning the detachment of the 1st Hussars, eighty strong, marched down to the station with one hundred men of the 10th Hussars.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
The detachment was on duty at the outposts on the night of the 26th.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Here the detachment of marines on guard gave the boys their first close association with the spirit of war.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
The third party already mentioned as leaving La Roche Percee was a small detachment under Inspectors Jarvis and Gagnon.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
An hour had detached itself from hours that went before and that followed.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Both detachments after long hours were unable to reach the objective.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Yesterday we arrived at Pisco to join the detachment there, as volunteers, and found the colonel delirious with fever.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
They firmly adhere to the endocardium, and when detached from it give it a torn appearance.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
But I shall leave some of the detachment here until Captain Cortland has acted upon the report that I shall make.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
With perfect detachment Mrs Fyne watched me go out after her husband.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Soldiers on detachment often meet with adventures of various sorts, especially in Ireland.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
During August 10 and 11, 1914, General Moranville threw forward detachments to screen his main body in front of the German advance.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Meanwhile, other detachments carried the cemetery and forced their way to the first slopes of Hill 119.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
On May 1, 1916, Austro-Hungarian detachments were forced to withdraw from their advanced positions to the north of the village of Mlynow.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
But after studying it carefully and placing together several detached bits she was able to make it out.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
No leader could make more skillful use of detachments.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
On the morning of the 10th, a detachment from the Seventh of 150 picked men and officers as follows: Capt.
"History of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry" by R. C. Rankin
The emperor, Shah Alam, detached himself from the league, while the Oudh viceroy threw himself on the mercy of the British.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

Wasps, poised in the window,
Excellent dancers,
detached, are not inclined
into our chamber.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
Only detached lights
Float hazily like greenish moons,
And endlessly
Down the whore-street,
Accouched and comforted and sleeping warm,
The blizzard waltzes with the night.
"The Foundling" by Lola Ridge
We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing, as we go, the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
About a homeland that resembles poetry in our country
Improvised, imported, loose and of no boundaries
Of foreign tongue and soul
Detached from Man and Land, ignoring their plight as a whole
"We Are Accused Of Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
At half-past ten o'clock the Seaforth Highlanders did appear,
And every man in the detachment his medals did wear;
And they carried their side-arms by their side,
With mournful looks, but full of love and pride.
"The Death of Prince Leopold" by William Topaz McGonagall
WORLD, take good notice, silver stars fading,
Milky hue ript, weft of white detaching,
Coals thirty-eight, baleful and burning,
Scarlet, significant, hands off warning,
Now and henceforth flaunt from these shores.
"World, Take Good Notice" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home has mountain views, a swimming pool, a spa and a detached guesthouse and backs up to one of the golf courses at La Quinta Resort.
Professional football's detachment from the real world, already plain to all but the most hard-core fans, became even clearer in the fallout from Kyle Williams' misplays in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
A slide show depicting eye surgery to place a detached retina back into its normal position.
Euphoria, detached from common sense, swept over the financial markets.
The YP-18 family of Right Angle Hospital Detachable Power Cordset has a low profile exit from the wall receptacle.
The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib.
Troopers assigned to the detachment offices located in Clallam and Jefferson Counties have seen a 37% reduction in speed related collisions along state routes during the first six months of 2010.
First State Detachment Marine Corps League Sends Check To Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Thanks to the generosity of the people in lower Sussex County and northern Worcester County, the First State Detachment Marine Corps League was able to send a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
This unique collection of 53 detached homes will celebrate a grand opening January 22.
This unique collection of 53 detached homes will celebrate a grand opening in late November.
Methodical and detached as it is, "Zero Dark Thirty" may actually leave some viewers a bit cold.
In this Friday, Sept 28, 2012 photo, members of Indonesian police anti-terror unit Special Detachment 88 escort a terror suspect after his arrest in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.
Convertible, detaches from base to save floor space.
Single-family detached home offers designer architecture.

In science:

While the bubble reaches a more or less constant lateral extent, the detached wave propagates further away.
On the Nature and Genesis of EUV Waves: A Synthesis of Observations from SOHO, STEREO, SDO, and Hinode
As θ < θW , the liquid surface configuration which is bound to the surface topography through eq. (3) becomes metastable (dashed curve in Fig. 4), and the global minimum of the total free energy corresponds to the ’detached’ liquid surface, or bulk liquid adsorption (vertical bold line in Fig. 3).
Wetting on Random Roughness: the Ubiquity of Wenzel Prewetting
At θ ≤ θW , the liquid surface detaches completely from the substrate, forming a bulk liquid layer of arbitrary thickness.
Wetting on Random Roughness: the Ubiquity of Wenzel Prewetting
It has also discovered the eight shortest period detached binary white dwarf systems currently known.
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems
It has a well-constrained period of 62.7 ± 1.5 min, making it the fifth shortest period detached WD system currently known.
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems
Seven New Binary WD Systems We identify seven new detached short period WD binary systems in the SDSS Data Release 7 area.
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems
Recent discoveries of three systems with 12-39 min orbital periods indicate that P < 1 h detached binary WDs indeed exist.
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems
Two edge states are sketched (thick dash) for the case of filling factors g = 1 under the gate and bulk ν = 2 in the gate-gap. A small gate finger is placed at the center of this gate-gap region to detach the edge states locally.
Quantum Hall Mach-Zehnder interferometer at fractional filling factors
We examine the agreement between the observed and theoretical low-mass (< 0.8 M⊙ ) stellar main sequence mass-radius relationship by comparing detached eclipsing binary (DEB) data with a new, large grid of stellar evolution models.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
The primary line of evidence stems from the study of detached double-lined eclipsing binaries (hereafter DEBs) with additional support garnered by direct measurements of stellar radii via interferometry (e.g., Berger et al. 2006; von Braun et al. 2012).
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
An improved empirical constraint was also used (based on stellar density, temperature and metal abundance), calibrated on the measured properties of 180 stars in 90 detached eclipsing binaries.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
One additional constraint is needed, and is supplied either by one of five sets of theoretical stellar evolutionary models o r by a semi-empirical calibration of low-mass star properties based on detached eclipsing binaries.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
However, we ignore this pigment since the eighth pigment is only loosely bound and it usually detaches from the others when the system is isolated from its environment to perform experiments, see Ref..
Complex quantum network model of energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes
The problem with any of the methods is the limited volume of data which can be combined into a new catalogue or archive and the detached nature of the produced catalogue which is a separate entity without dependencies to the parent surveys.
The Data Zoo in Astro-WISE
The carrier chip is then detached from the assembly by laser exposure.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip