De·tached a. Separate; unconnected, or imperfectly connected; as, detached parcels. “Extensive and detached empire.”
Detached escapement. See Escapement.
De·tach v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detached p. pr. & vb. n. Detaching.]
1. 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.
2. 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.
Syn: -- To separate; disunite; disengage; sever; disjoin; withdraw; draw off. See Detail.
adj 1: showing lack of emotional involvement; "adopted a degage
pose on the arm of the easy chair"- J.S.Perelman; "she
may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's
not hypocritically effusive"; "an uninvolved
bystander" [syn: degage, uninvolved]
2: being or feeling set or kept apart from others; "she felt
detached from the group"; "could not remain the isolated
figure he had been"- Sherwood Anderson; "thought of
herself as alone and separated from the others"; "had a
set-apart feeling" [syn: isolated, separated, set-apart]
3: no longer connected or joined; "a detached part"; "on one
side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached"; "the
separated spacecraft will return to their home bases"
4: used of buildings; standing apart from others; "detached
houses"; "a detached garage" [ant: attached]
5: not fixed in position; "the detached shutter fell on him";
"he pulled his arm free and ran" [syn: free]