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
- intransitive v. To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to disengage.
- 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.
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
MMORPG are really fun and so emersive that you can detach from the real world very easily.
Lastly, detach from the outcome to silence the internal judge that tell you you will never get it.
In a second incident, a hardware failure caused the drop-side rail to detach from the crib.
Now, when more than a half-billion people use Facebook, couples yearning for children say they are trapped: They are unwilling to detach from the social network, but unable to avoid its frequent reminders - fetal sonograms are seemingly ubiquitous - of what might elude them forever.
While I don't suffer from any post-baby drama, I do kill my personal anxiety with an iPod full of music that reminds me of good old times, and I take a healthy jog where I detach from the world.
Hazard: The tree stand can unexpectedly detach from the tree when the brackets fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
I had enough time to detach from the office and prepare mentally for the birth and for my new role as a mother.
You may have to encourage the seeds to detach from the pith quite vigorously, but you end up with a very munchy pile of purplish nibbles.
Architect Koen Olthius specializes in a unique technology that allows land-based buildings to detach from the ground and float under rising water conditions.
Severe burns caused a part of the skull to detach from the 25 year old electrician Sambhu Roy last Sunday.