Part of speech: noun

A detaching; something detached, as a body of troops for special service.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Trumbull White.