- the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
- point of departure.
Origin of departure
Related formsnon·de·par·ture, nounpre·de·par·ture, noun
Examples from the Web for departure
The poet apparently collapsed in the street upon his departure from “The Horse” and died not long after.
But while his departure was “inexpressibly painful,” he never succumbed to bitterness.
Now, the departure of 70-year-old Jeffries seems 10 years too late.Abercrombie & Ditch: The Fall of the House of Tween|Lizzie Crocker|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The last editor-in-chief, Kim Osorio, stepped down in April 2013, with no official announcement regarding her departure.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With the departure of all GLS staff from Iraq, there is no one remaining who can verify your time worked on the GLS contract.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas|Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The morning after our departure was very foggy, and towards noon we had to slow down to less than half speed.Under the Dragon Flag|James Allan
Differences with the managers had nothing to do with Count Rumfords departure from London.The Royal Institution|Bence Jones
Any departure from Science is an irreparable loss of Science.Rudimental Divine Science|Mary Baker Eddy
Manly, himself, did not oppose her departure; he felt it was best she should go.Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart|Caroline Lee Hentz
When the time of his departure approached, he resolved to chant a Te Deum pontifically.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for departure
- the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
- Also called: point of departure the latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning