detachment[dē tac̸h′mənt, di-]
- The definition of a detachment is a separation, or a unit of troops with a special assignment.
- An example of a detachment is a sense of separation from one's family.
- An example of a detachment is a group of army soldiers which is sent to another country for a special purpose.
- a detaching; separation
- the sending of troops or ships on special service
- a unit of troops separated from a larger unit for special duty
- a small permanent unit organized for special service
- the state of being disinterested, impartial, or aloof
Origin of detachmentFrench détachement
- The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.
- The state of being separate or detached.
- Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness: preserved a chilly detachment in his relations with the family.
- Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest: strove to maintain her professional detachment in the case.
- a. The dispatch of a military unit, such as troops or ships, from a larger body for a special duty or mission.b. The unit so dispatched.c. A permanent unit, usually smaller than a platoon, organized for special duties.
(countable and uncountable, plural detachments)
- (uncountable) The action of detaching; separation.
- (uncountable) The state of being detached or disconnected; insulation.
- (uncountable) Indifference to the concerns of others; aloofness.
- (uncountable) Absence of bias; impartiality; objectivity.
- (uncountable, military) The separation of a military unit from the main body for particular purpose or a special mission.
- (countable, military) The unit so dispatched.
- (countable, military) A permanent unit organized for special duties.
- (countable) Any smaller portion of a main body separately employed.
From French détachement