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dis- +‎ engage +‎ -ment


  • IPA(key): /ˌdɪs.ɪŋˈɡeɪdʒ.mənt/


disengagement (countable and uncountable, plural disengagements)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (dated) Leisure; relief from responsibilities or onerous activities.
  4. (military, politics) Withdrawal from combat, confrontation, or the assertion of influence.
  5. Termination of an agreement to be married.
  6. (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.
  7. (medicine, obstetrics) The emergence of the fetus from the birth canal.


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  • disengagement at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.