Definitions of detachment

  1. coming apart Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. avoiding emotional involvement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a small unit of troops of special composition Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The act of separating; the thing separated; a body of troops, or certain ships, separated from the main body and sent on special service. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. State of being separated: that which is detached, as a body of troops. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A detaching; something detached, as a body of troops for special service. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The act of detaching; a body of troops detached from the main body; a number of ships detached from the fleet, and sent on a special expedition or separate service. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Troops or ships sent from the main body. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for detachment

  1. While engaged in carrying out this order they saw the lady and her escort far ahead of them, and a detachment was sent to investigate, the rest of the company remaining to see whether other Federals would follow. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  2. It was all beautiful and natural, and in the lovely detachment it grew and grew. – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock