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[dih-tach] /dɪˈtætʃ/
verb (used with object)
to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.
Origin of detach
1470-80; < Middle French détacher, Old French destachier; see dis-1, attach
Related forms
detachable, adjective
detachability, noun
detachably, adverb
detacher, noun
nondetachability, noun
nondetachable, adjective
predetach, verb (used with object)
self-detaching, adjective
undetachable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Craig, his coat and waistcoat off, his detachable cuffs on the floor, was burrowing into masses of huge law-books.

  • The top was detachable, and was usually made of metal or of ivory.

  • It is an ornament put on from the outside and detachable at pleasure.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson Henry A. Beers
  • Vises on somewhat this principle can be bought, attachable and detachable at will.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • A crown is a detachable portion of a root-stock bearing roots and a prominent bud.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • Souls were detachable, had separate destinies; things could happen to them.

  • This "head," as it is termed, is detachable, so that it can be left off until it is really required for war.

  • In shooting fish an arrow54 that has a detachable head is used.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • Some obvious peculiarities of epic style are sufficiently definite to be detachable.

    The Epic Lascelles Abercrombie
British Dictionary definitions for detachable


verb (transitive)
to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
(military) to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment
Derived Forms
detachable, adjective
detachability, noun
detacher, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French destachier, from des-dis-1 + attachier to attach
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Word Origin and History for detachable

1818; see detach + -able.



1680s, from French détacher "to detach, untie," from Old French destachier, from des- "apart" + attachier "attach" (see attach). Related: Detached; detaching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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detachable in Medicine

detach de·tach (dĭ-tāch')
v. de·tached, de·tach·ing, de·tach·es

  1. To separate or unfasten; disconnect.

  2. To remove from association or union with something.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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