from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Separate; unconnected, or imperfectly connected.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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