• WordNet 3.6
    • n detachment the act of releasing from an attachment or connection
    • n detachment coming apart
    • n detachment avoiding emotional involvement
    • n detachment a small unit of troops of special composition
    • n detachment the state of being isolated or detached "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel"
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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
    • Detachment Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation. "A trial which would have demanded of him a most heroic faith and the detachment of a saint."
    • Detachment That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service. "Troops . . . widely scattered in little detachments ."
    • Detachment The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached.
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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.
    • n detachment The act of detaching, unfastening, or disconnecting.
    • n detachment The state of being detached or apart; in recent use, a state of separation or withdrawal from association or relation with something.
    • n detachment That which is detached; specifically, a body of troops selected or taken from the main army or body, and employed on some special service or expedition, or a number of ships taken from a fleet and sent on a separate service.
    • n detachment An order detaching an officer from duty at a given station.
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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.
    • Detachment state of being separated: that which is detached, as a body of troops
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. détachement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. détacherde, neg., and root of attach.


In literature:

Joe was to be a detachable unit.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Don't let your force be divided up into detachments and roam all over the country.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
These detachments were not because of anything Kirtley had done or said.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Guarded by a detachment of veteran infantry, the recruits so turbulent at noon were spiritless now in every sense of the word.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
In the pressure of this combined assault he was powerless; struggle as he would, he could not detach himself from their overwhelming embrace.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
I had command of the detachment, and left camp about nine o'clock P. M., accompanied by a guide.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
The detachment returned to camp by road on Sunday, April 7th.
"The Delta of the Triple Elevens" by William Elmer Bachman
The best officers of the detachment were prisoners in the chateau.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Hers was a detachment which the rest of the audience would gladly have shared.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I will detach men to help to carry you and the wounded men down to the camp.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

"He lives detached days;
He serveth not for praise;
For gold
He is not sold;
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Wasps, poised in the window,
Excellent dancers,
detached, are not inclined
into our chamber.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
M. Verog, out of step with the decade,
Detached from his contemporaries,
Neglected by the young,
Because of these reveries.
"'Siena Mi Fe'; Disfecemi Maremma'" by Ezra Pound
with His old detachment, and the old warnings
still have power to scare me: Hybris comes to
an ugly finish, Irreverence
is a greater oaf than Superstition.
"Moon Landing" by W H Auden
When in still air and still in summertime
A leaf has had enough of this, it seems
To make up its mind to go; fine as a sage
Its drifting in detachment down the road.
"Threshold" by Howard Nemerov
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:

Check out these up-to-date real estate listings for the least expensive detached homes for sale in nine Metro Vancouver municipalities.
A lighter and more durable mechanical detachable gooseneck trailer (MG) was introduced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show here by Trail King.
The tail piece on the rattles can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The future site of The Falls at Gubstock will be a condominium community of custom luxury single detached residences.
ERIC RIPERT took a table knife to an oyster on the half shell, detached it and then, with no ceremony but ample gusto, slurped the mollusk from its shell.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Miguel Medina, a member of Electronic Support Detachment Miami waits for the Coast Guard Cutter Bear to moore up to the pier at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla.
Adrien Brody as a substitute teacher in the education drama Detachment.
If only the education drama "Detachment" knew what to do with it.
Her Black James project trafficks in otherworldliness and disorientation that is, at times, spooky, unhinged and detached.
"Sterile Irrelevance " Most media criticism is smug and detached.
Maria Wyeth, the infamously detached protagonist of Didion's novel "Play It As It Lays," says, "I know what 'nothing' means, and keep on playing.
The handles can detach from the shaker, posing laceration and choking hazards by exposing rough edges and allowing access to small steel pellets and a plastic plug.
Other, Detached, # Families: 1 11.0 rooms, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths.
Detached garage with flexible living space .
According to Senior Trooper J.R. Kocher of the Moundsville Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the discovery was made in October by Interim Police Chief Michael Owens.

In science:

Function ob jects is simple triangle and detach triangle are operations compatible with input’s type; they are generic routines based on the collapse operation mentioned in Sect. 3, working with any complex-based binary image.
Writing Reusable Digital Geometry Algorithms in a Generic Image Processing Framework
Thus, even though they receive 2-faces as input parameters, is simple triangle and detach triangle are able to inspect the adjacent 1-faces and 0-faces and determine whether and how a triangle can be completely detached from the surface through a collapse sequence.
Writing Reusable Digital Geometry Algorithms in a Generic Image Processing Framework
Here is edge in simple pair and detach edge in simple pair respectively test and remove an edge along with a vertex that form a simple pair.
Writing Reusable Digital Geometry Algorithms in a Generic Image Processing Framework
The equivalent of detaching a simple point in a binary image is the lowering of a destructible point in a gray-level context .
Writing Reusable Digital Geometry Algorithms in a Generic Image Processing Framework
We have been able to produce gray-level skeletons with Algorithm 1.3 by simply replacing the is simple and detach operations by is destructible and lower functors (see Fig. 6).
Writing Reusable Digital Geometry Algorithms in a Generic Image Processing Framework