• WordNet 3.6
    • v disengage become free "in neutral, the gears disengage"
    • v disengage free or remove obstruction from "free a path across the cluttered floor"
    • v disengage release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles "I want to disengage myself from his influence","disengage the gears"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Disengage To release from that with which anything is engaged, engrossed, involved, or entangled; to extricate; to detach; to set free; to liberate; to clear; as, to disengage one from a party, from broils and controversies, from an oath, promise, or occupation; to disengage the affections a favorite pursuit, the mind from study. "To disengage him and the kingdom, great sums were to be borrowed.""Caloric and light must be disengaged during the process."
    • v. i Disengage To release one's self; to become detached; to free one's self. "From a friends's grave how soon we disengage !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disengage To set free or release from pledge or engagement; release from promise, engagement, or vow.
    • disengage To release or set free from union, attachment, or connection; detach; loosen or unfasten, and set free; release: as, to disengage a metal from its gangue, or a garment from a clinging bramble; to disengage the mind from study.
    • disengage In fencing, to carry or pass the point of (the weapon) from one side to the other over or under the adversary's, when the previous relative position or engagement of the blades is to the opponent's advantage. The movement is executed by describing with the point of the weapon a very small circle. Rolando (ed. Forsyth).
    • disengage To withdraw; become separated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disengage dis-en-gāj′ to separate or free from being engaged: to separate: to set free: to release
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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-, + engage,: cf. F. désengager,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desengager, des-—L. dis, neg., engager, to engage.


In literature:

In order to keep up circulation as much as possible, I shouted aloud, and rubbed my breast and thighs with my disengaged hand.
"The Bushman" by Edward Wilson Landor
You are in some respects the most disengaged man in the station, and can come and go without attracting any attention.
"Rujub, the Juggler" by G. A. Henty
Then, with her disengaged hand, she put the hair lightly off his throbbing forehead.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He laid his hand on the door to open it; Parsons tried to disengage his hand.
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells
But Ferragus quickly disengaged himself, took Monsieur de Maulincour by the hair, and shook his head rapidly.
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
The mind, disengaged and free, was no longer absorbed in a cutlet or burdened with a joint.
"The Disowned, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If he had been disengaged, I should have asked permission to bring him here.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But luckily, at least, they are disengaged.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
As it seems you are disengaged, come and partake, pot au feu, with Frank and me.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If you be disengaged, I vote we dine together at White's, and then we will go down to the House.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli

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:

Disengaged vs the Energizer Bunny .
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.
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.
Grouper's Liz Harris disengages the spotlight.
Romney turned in a commanding performance in the first debate, while Obama was lackluster and disengaged.
Disengaged Workers Are More Stressed With Longer Commutes.
Romney Surrogate Calls Obama "Lazy," "Disengaged".

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