• WordNet 3.6
    • n disengagement to break off a military action with an enemy
    • n disengagement the act of releasing from an attachment or connection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disengagement Freedom from engrossing occupation; leisure. "Disengagement is absolutely necessary to enjoyment."
    • Disengagement The act of disengaging or setting free, or the state of being disengaged. "It is easy to render this disengagement of caloric and light evident to the senses.""A disengagement from earthly trammels."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disengagement The act or process of disengaging or setting free; a releasing or freeing; extrication.
    • n disengagement The state of being disengaged or free.
    • n disengagement Freedom from engrossing occupation; vacancy; leisure.
    • n disengagement Freedom from constraint; ease; grace.
    • n disengagement A manæuver in fencing. See disengage, transitive verb, 3.
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  • Gaston Bachelard
    “Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + engagement,: cf. F. désengagement,


In literature:

Allie got up, shyly and with difficulty disengaged her hand from Neale's.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
But God is a Pure Spirit, disengaged from all such sympathy, or natural ties.
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
Aremberg disengaged himself from his body, and walked a few paces to the edge of a meadow near the road.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
Fortunately, Mr. Mayfield was at home, and, what is rarer, disengaged.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
Uncle Jabez strode straight to the first woman he saw who was disengaged.
"Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill" by Alice B. Emerson
Disengaging herself from the detective's hands, she looked to Theydon for an explanation.
"Number Seventeen" by Louis Tracy
An aroma that no soap or artificial perfume could give disengaged itself from her as she moved.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Then disengaging themselves they again lapsed into silence.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
Caswell's features were working, as he gently disengaged her arms, still keeping one hand.
"Constance Dunlap" by Arthur B. Reeve
He led her to the window-seat and gently disengaged her hands from his shoulders and took one of them and held it between his own.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
He tried to disengage himself, but her fingers were clasped about his neck in a passion of fear and love.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Seeing them, she disengaged herself from her party and came quickly forward.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
Mary disengaged it, and Paula tossed the jewel back into the trunk.
"The Bride of the Nile, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The shepherdess, as soon as she found herself disengaged and alone, revolved with the utmost displeasure her present situation.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
But what is person, Clary, with one of your prudence, and your heart disengaged?
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Little by little it disengaged itself from her dream, like a realisation of the vague longings of her youth.
"The Dream" by Emile Zola
Some small boats were then on the way to unload this boat, should it be found impossible to disengage her.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
I clutched frantically at the handle of a pistol that I could not disengage from folds of black cloth.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He stopped and disengaged his hand, to press it to his side as a pain made him gasp for breath.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
They let go their hold, Murat was at last disengaged, and the heights were reconquered.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur

In poetry:

So disengag'd from sinne and sicknesse,
Touch it with thy celestiall quicknesse
That it may hang and move
After thy love.
"The Starre" by George Herbert
Our mutual bond of faith and truth,
No time shall disengage;
Those blessings of our early youth
Shall cheer our latest age.
"The Doves" by William Cowper
And is it not the bitterer to think
That, disengage our hands and thou wilt sink
Although thy love was love in very deed?
I know that nature! Pass a festive day,
Thou dost not throw its relic-flower away
Nor bid its music's loitering echo speed.
"Any Wife To Any Husband" by Robert Browning

In news:

No time to disengage with Muslim nations.
It made me wonder whether I too was wrong to support Sharon's disengagement in 2005.
McCain, Rogers: Obama's policy of ' disengagement ' led to attack on US posts.
In the first presidential debate, President Obama let Mitt Romney's attacks on him stand, and seemed disengaged.
Disengaged vs the Energizer Bunny.
This has sparked a surge in valuable guidance on how to transform disengaged workers into engaged employees.
As a child, on windy nights I'd fantasize that my bedroom could disengage from our home.
Building a culture of recognition can light a fire under disengaged employees.
I saw how the power of the pen can help disengaged students find a voice, find relevance in learning and school, and give them a feeling that the story of their lives is not yet written in ink.
Plexus Discloses Disengagement as Supplier to Juniper .
Much of the drama of adolescence — the thrill of it, the pain — is about disengaging from family and finding that connection again, often elsewhere and in a completely different form.
In it, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill described a disengaged president "like a blind man in a room full of deaf people", encircled by "a Praetorian guard ," intently looking for a way to overthrow Saddam Hussein long before 9/11.
Nearly a quarter of dropouts cite disengaged parents as the reason they quit school, a new report says.
The estimated cost for evacuating and relocating the settlers is about $1.15 billion, according to the Disengagement Authority.
While President Obama predicts US forces could disengage from Libya within the week, Senate hawks who pressed for military intervention watch closely to see that the mission's goals are fulfilled.

In science:

The study suggests that the MCI group and the AD group exhibited a significant detriment in both the ability to disengage attention from an incorrectly cued location and the ability to use a visual cue to produce an alerting effect.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
In fact it is advantageous to disengage the manufacturer’s model, so that the TPOINT model provides the whole correction apart from the metrology inputs: the end result is the same and the TPOINT model then represents absolute physical estimates – nonperpendicularies, misalignments, flexures, etc.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Although this quantity, generally speaking, depends essentially on the topology and other global aspects of the manifold, one can disengage oneself from these effects fixing the trivial topology.
New Algebraic Methods for Calculating the Heat Kernel and Effective Action in Quantum Gravity and Gauge Theories
When the innovator then disengaged, one of the maintainers picked up the role of maintaining the test cases successfully (see Figure 4), keeping the percentage of test affecting commits at around 10% of the total commits (see Figure 3) until another developer assumed a more active role in testing.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
An innovator should explicitly signal his engagement and disengagement in the project to facilitate shared ownership of the innovation introduction.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
In particular this will be necessary if the innovation itself has no signaling mechanisms to show individual or general engagement or disengagement.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
Thus for LEP 2 Cojets could be useful when studying ways of disengaging events with W pairs decaying non-leptonically from background.
QCD Event Generators