Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles. See Synonyms at extricate.
  • transitive v. To release (oneself) from an engagement, pledge, or obligation.
  • intransitive v. To free or detach oneself; withdraw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A circular movement of the blade that avoids the opponent's parry
  • v. To release or loosen from something that binds, holds, entangles, or interlocks; unfasten; detach; disentangle; free.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To release from that with which anything is engaged, engrossed, involved, or entangled; to extricate; to detach; to set free; to liberate; to clear
  • intransitive v. To release one's self; to become detached; to free one's self.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set free or release from pledge or engagement; release from promise, engagement, or vow.
  • To release or set free from union, attachment, or connection; detach; loosen or unfasten, and set free; release: as, to disengage a metal from its gangue, or a garment from a clinging bramble; to disengage the mind from study.
  • In fencing, to carry or pass the point of (the weapon) from one side to the other over or under the adversary's, when the previous relative position or engagement of the blades is to the opponent's advantage. The movement is executed by describing with the point of the weapon a very small circle. Rolando (ed. Forsyth).
  • To withdraw; become separated.

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

  • v. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
  • v. free or remove obstruction from
  • v. become free

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  • "To release or set free from union, attachment, or connection; detach; loosen or unfasten, and set free; release: as, to disengage a metal from its gangue, or a garment from a clinging bramble; to disengage the mind from study."

    -- CD&C

    February 22, 2013

  • Noun: in fencing, the act of disengaging or reversing the relative position of the blades, so as to free one's own for a thrust. A deceptive maneuver intended to change the line of engagement.

    February 6, 2007