from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate or unfasten; disconnect: detach a check from the checkbook; detach burs from one's coat.
- transitive v. To remove from association or union with something: detach a calf from its mother; detached herself from the group.
- transitive v. To send (troops or ships, for example) on a special mission.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take apart from; to take off.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To part; to separate or disunite; to disengage; -- the opposite of attach
- transitive v. To separate for a special object or use; -- used especially in military language.
- intransitive v. To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to disengage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
- Synonyms To sever, withdraw, draw off, disjoin, disconnect unhitch.
- To detail.
- To become detached or separated; separate or disunite itself or one's self.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment
- v. come to be detached
- v. cause to become detached or separated; take off
French détacher, from Old French destachier : des-, de- + attachier, to attach; see attach.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)