dis- + engage + -ment
- 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.
- disengagement at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.