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Pronunciation:  di'tachmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of releasing from an attachment or connection
  2. [n]  coming apart
  3. [n]  avoiding emotional involvement
  4. [n]  a small unit of troops of special composition
  5. [n]  the state of being isolated or detached; "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel"

DETACHMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: breakup, disengagement, insularism, insularity, insulation, separation, withdrawal
 See Also: alteration, army unit, bodyguard, breach, break, change, falling out, flanker, guard, indifference, isolation, modification, patrol, picket, press gang, provost guard, rearguard, rift, rupture, separation, severance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*tach"ment\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]tachement.]
1. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being

2. That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or
   part of a fleet sent from the main body on special

         Troops . . . widely scattered in little detachments.

3. Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation.

         A trial which would have demanded of him a most
         heroic faith and the detachment of a saint. --J. H.

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