What does the word detachment mean?

Usage examples for detachment

  1. But, when they were well within two miles of Ornequin, the bullets whistled around them and Paul saw a detachment of Germans falling back upon the village, firing as they went. – The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc
  2. Presently we drew near enough to see that the head of the street was occupied by the cannon and its detachment, and a company of police. – Kitty's Conquest by Charles King
  3. Three of our detachment were killed and four wounded out of twenty- one men, which shows that we were in a pretty warm place. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White