American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Separated; disconnected: a detached part; a detached plug.
- adj. Standing apart from others; separate: a house with a detached garage.
- adj. Marked by an absence of emotional involvement and an aloof, impersonal objectivity. See Synonyms at cool.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disjoined or dissociated; not united or not contiguous; being or becoming separate; unattached: as, detached rocks or portions of rock; a detached house; detached bodies of troops.
- Of a separate character; belonging to a detached person or body: chiefly military: as, to be employed on detached service or duty; a detached mission.
- adj. Of a house: not joined to another house on either side.
- adj. Having little or no emotions or interest towards someone else.
- adj. Not influenced by anyone else; characterized by an impersonal objectivity; impartial.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of detach.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Separate; unconnected, or imperfectly connected.
- adj. not fixed in position
- adj. no longer connected or joined
- adj. used of buildings; standing apart from others
- adj. being or feeling set or kept apart from others
- adj. showing lack of emotional involvement
- adj. lacking affection or warm feeling
“The autopsy that was performed when (oh, god, to write such words and remain detached is beyond my ability) his body was recovered was inconclusive.”
“Arriving at this conclusion, she put the chest and its contents back again on the shelf -- with the one exception of the label detached from the blue-glass bottle.”
“Up next, it's our question of the hour: Should Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff lose his job after a report blasts what it calls his detached response to Hurricane Katrina?”
“While her stories 'from the field' were interesting the class and subject was still horribly boring and almost totally detached from the real world.”
“He was a cog in a machine and his guilt cannot be detached from the whole system.”
“Defense Secretary Robert Gates said earlier this week that most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and see military service as "something for other people to do.”
“When it was returned to me after the second renewal, the center two pages had become detached from the staples holding the book together when it was in the possession of the immigration office.”
“But they look increasingly detached from the reality on the ground in Afghanistan.”
“Peel it, get the seeds out -- they are large, dark seeds, detached from the flesh, easy to get out -- and eat the bits that ensue.”
“Instead of being a tax-funded, congressionally micromanaged bureaucracy, the air-traffic organization should be detached from the FAA and converted into a user-funded, user-governed nonprofit entity like the highly successful Nav Canada (and similar entities in Australia, Germany, the U.K., etc.).”
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