de·tach·ment /dɪˈtæʧmənt, di-/
1. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached.
2. That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service.
Troops . . . widely scattered in little detachments. --Bancroft.
3. Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation.
A trial which would have demanded of him a most heroic faith and the detachment of a saint. --J. H. Newman.
n 1: avoiding emotional involvement [syn: withdrawal]
2: the act of releasing from an attachment or connection [syn:
3: the state of being isolated or detached; "the insulation of
England was preserved by the English Channel" [syn: insulation,
4: a small unit of troops of special composition
5: coming apart [syn: separation, breakup]