- 1 [mass noun] The state of being objective or aloof: he felt a sense of detachment from what was going onMore example sentences
- I wish I could approach this with the cool detachment that I view the new series of Enterprise, or the next episode of Desperate Housewives.
- The intellectual's obligation to detachment and objectivity is never lost sight of.
- While watching ‘The Passion’ I felt a sense of detachment even as I was being emotionally pummeled by the images on the screen.
- 2 Military A group of troops, aircraft, or ships sent away on a separate mission: a detachment of Marines [mass noun]: the Squadron went on detachment to MaltaMore example sentences
- The four Kidd-class destroyers will become the flag ships of separate detachments of the task force,’ he said.
- U.S. Central Command sent a detachment of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division to control the facility's gate.
- The Japanese garrison, which included two infantry battalions and naval detachments, resisted tenaciously and the islands were not declared secure until 18 May.
- 2.1A party of people separated from a larger group: a truck containing a detachment of villagersMore example sentences
- Already, a detachment of Vanguards was on its way to intercept the Wings.
- While neither excessive speed nor alcohol was a factor in this crash, police from both detachments were still urging drivers to slow down because of generally poor road conditions.
- This, of course, does not factor any of the weapons seized by any of the other municipal police forces or any of the RCMP detachments in the Lower Mainland in the same period.
- 3 [mass noun] The action or process of detaching; separation: structural problems resulted in cracking and detachment of the wallMore example sentences
- Retinal detachment (separation of the retina from the pigment epithelium behind it) is a rarer cause of blindness.
- A second form of retinal detachment may develop when new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.
- The implications of this idea extend beyond vascular disease to other matrix remodeling and detachment processes such as cancer.
mid 17th century: from French détachement, from détacher 'to detach' (see detach).