• WordNet 3.6
    • v detach cause to become detached or separated; take off "detach the skin from the chicken before you eat it"
    • v detach come to be detached "His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery"
    • v detach separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment "detach a regiment"
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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
    • Detach To part; to separate or disunite; to disengage; -- the opposite of attach; as, to detach the coats of a bulbous root from each other; to detach a man from a leader or from a party.
    • v. i Detach To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to disengage. "A vapor detaching , fold by fold,
      From those still heights."
    • Detach To separate for a special object or use; -- used especially in military language; as, to detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment.
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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.
    • detach To unfasten; disunite; disengage and separate, as one thing from another: as, to detach a locomotive from a train; to detach a rock from its bed; to detach the seal from a document; to detach a man from his party.
    • detach To separate for a special purpose or service; send away, as from a post of duty or a larger body, on a distinct mission: chiefly in military use: as, to detach a ship or a regiment for some special duty; to detach an officer from a ship or station.
    • detach Synonyms To sever, withdraw, draw off, disjoin, disconnect unhitch.
    • detach To detail.
    • detach To become detached or separated; separate or disunite itself or one's self.
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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.
    • v.t Detach de-tach′ to unfasten: to take from or separate: to withdraw: to send off on special service
    • v.i Detach to separate one's self
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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
F. détacher,cf. It. distaccare, staccare,); pref. ,L. dis,) + the root found also in E. attach,. See Attach, and cf. Staccato


In literature:

They were the slaves that had followed the first detachment to Lyndhall.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
It stirred the blood of everybody in our dull camp to see detachment after detachment of the second British brigade detrain.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Then came detachments of one thousand horse, ten thousand foot, and ten thousand horse.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It was surveyed by two detachments, and was found to be covered with black and porous stones.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Old men of seventy and boys of fifteen fired at the English detachments from the edges of the woods.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
It's almost impossible to keep sinless and detached.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Detached small channels, or chain-wales, fixed abaft the principal ones.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
At this time we were divided into small detachments, there being fourteen men in the detachment to which I was assigned.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
This detachment returned at the end of the month.
"History of Company E of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry" by Alfred J. Hill
A detachment of troops suddenly surrounded the house, and the officer knocked loudly at the door.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles

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
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
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

In news:

View full size Tribeca Film Erica and Henry (Sami Gayle and Adrien Brody) have issues to work out in "Detachment".
Thames River Detachment to hold Toys for Tots planning meeting.
Thames River Detachment begins annual Toys for Tots drive.
Air-bearing straight line tonearm with detachable arm tubes.
Since the lizard's detached tail no longer has access to the massive amounts of oxygen required for the slow, sustained movement of 'slow- twitch ' cells, the 'slow- twitch ' system fails almost immediately upon detachment.
The monologue is both a lyric love letter to movable type and the inevitable unraveling of the professor's historian veneer of detachment.
The Marine Corps Detachment already had a few boots on the ground but made it official Thursday.
'The Houstons: On Our Own': detached from Whitney Houston, unemotional .
Brooklyn artist Amanda Wachob detaches tattoos from the body and turns them into fine art.
Marine Corps Detachment Honors USMC 's 234th Birthday on Saturday.
Colonial, Detached, # Families: 1 7.0 rooms, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Full Baths.
0 I f President Obama is "out of Afghanistan psychologically," as Bob Woodward reports in his new book, one can only imagine how thoroughly detached he is from Iraq.
When viewed from a comfortably detached perspective, the ironies of life can be entertaining.
Run for the Wounded Warriors 5K, ASU ROTC detachment,
Big detached home in Old Town Alexandria .

In science:

The displaced GOE (DGOE) is a standard ensemble, for which there exists a famous result: its spectrum is a semicircle, with one detached level .
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
In the SCF model as specified above, the energetic contacts are counted in the system as if the segments are detached from each other.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
Since in this case the alkane-rich phase wets the liquid-vapour interface, methanol droplets detach from this interface.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
They show that the two black holes start well detached.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
We then adopt the point of view that at the epoch of the detachment from the Hubble flow, also the seed galaxies were characterized by the “universal” scaling law M ∝ σ3 vir , and we discuss the possibility that galaxy merging and gas dissipation originated the observed FJ of Es.
The scaling relations of galaxy clusters and their dark matter halos