Detached escapement. See Escapement.

(De*tach"ment) n. [Cf. F. détachement.]

1. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached.

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

Troops . . . widely scattered in little detachments.

(Des"ul*to*ry) a. [L. desultorius, fr. desultor a leaper, fr. desilire, desultum, to leap down; de + salire to leap. See Saltation.]

1. Leaping or skipping about. [Obs.]

I shot at it [a bird], but it was so desultory that I missed my aim.
Gilbert White.

2. Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, desultory minds. Atterbury.

He [Goldsmith] knew nothing accurately; his reading had been desultory.

3. Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject; as, a desultory remark.

Syn. — Rambling; roving; immethodical; discursive; inconstant; unsettled; cursory; slight; hasty; loose.

(De*sume") v. t. [L. desumere; de + sumere to take.] To select; to borrow. [Obs.] Sir. M. Hale.

(De`syn*on`y*mi*za"tion) n. The act of desynonymizing.

(De`syn*on"y*mize) v. t. To deprive of synonymous character; to discriminate in use; — applied to words which have been employed as synonyms. Coleridge. Trench.

(De*tach") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detached ; p. pr. & vb. n. Detaching.] [F. détacher (cf. It. distaccare, staccare); pref. (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.

(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.

(De*tach"a*ble) a. That can be detached.

(De*tached") a. Separate; unconnected, or imperfectly connected; as, detached parcels. "Extensive and detached empire." Burke.

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