De*tach" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detached (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Detaching.] [F. d'etacher (cf. It. distaccare, staccare); pref. d'e (L. dis) + the root found also in E. attach. See Attach, and cf. Staccato.]


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.


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.


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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.


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