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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detach  \De*tach"\,  v.  i. 
  To  push  asunder;  to  come  off  or  separate  from  anything  to 
  disengage. 
 
  [A  vapor]  detaching,  fold  by  fold,  From  those  still 
  heights.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detach  \De*tach"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Detached};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Detaching}.]  [F.  d['e]tacher  (cf.  It  distaccare 
  staccare);  pref.  d['e]  (L.  dis)  +  the  root  found  also  in  E. 
  attach.  See  {Attach},  and  cf  {Staccato}.] 
  1.  To  part  to  separate  or  disunite;  to  disengage;  --  the 
  opposite  of  attach;  as  to  detach  the  coats  of  a  bulbous 
  root  from  each  other  to  detach  a  man  from  a  leader  or 
  from  a  party. 
 
  2.  To  separate  for  a  special  object  or  use  --  used 
  especially  in  military  language;  as  to  detach  a  ship  from 
  a  fleet,  or  a  company  from  a  regiment. 
 
  Syn:  To  separate;  disunite;  disengage;  sever;  disjoin; 
  withdraw;  draw  off  See  {Detail}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  detach 
  v  1:  cause  to  become  detached  or  separated;  take  off  "detach  the 
  skin  from  the  chicken  before  you  eat  it"  [ant:  {attach}] 
  2:  military  use:  separate  (a  small  unit)  from  a  larger,  esp. 
  for  a  special  assignment;  "detach  a  regiment" 
  3:  come  to  be  detached;  "His  retina  detached  and  he  had  to  be 
  rushed  into  surgery"  [syn:  {come  off},  {come  away}]  [ant: 
  {attach}] 




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