English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
+ dis- + engage -ment
Pronunciation [ edit ]
IPA (: key) /ˌdɪs.ɪŋˈɡeɪdʒ.mənt/
disengagement ( , countable and uncountable plural ) disengagements
Release or detachment from a physical situation or other involvement.
1818, Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy, ch. 10,
My thanks to you for my speedy
disengagement from the ridiculous accusation of Morris. The
separation or release of a chemical.
1836, Washington Irving, chapter 26, in Astoria:
Others have endeavored to account for these discharges of "mountain artillery" on humbler principles; attributing them . . . to the disengagement of hydrogen, produced by subterraneous beds of coal in a state of ignition.
( dated ) Leisure; relief from responsibilities or onerous activities.
( military , politics ) Withdrawal from combat, confrontation, or the assertion of influence.
Termination of an agreement to be married.
( fencing ) A circular movement of the blade that blocks an opponent's parry.
1895, Francis Marion Crawford, chapter 23, in Taquisara:
There was a quick flash, a disengagement, a feint, a lunge that was like a man's, and as her long left arm shot out like lightning, her foil bent nearly double.
( medicine , obstetrics ) The emergence of the fetus from the birth canal.
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References [ edit ]
disengagement at OneLook Dictionary Search
Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.