verb (used with object)
- to rectify alternating signal currents in a radio receiver.
- to demodulate.
Origin of detect
Examples from the Web for detect
No one who lives in an American city requires a flashlight to detect the presence of immigrants or the challenges they face daily.
Testing methods can now detect HIV within ten days of infection.The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors|Jay Michaelson|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The company is already brainstorming what it can detect next.
There is only one approved, working test that can detect whether or not Ebola is present in the blood.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?|Abby Haglage|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without the beeps and whirs of a cellphone, you can use your ears to detect crickets, mice, or other vermin in your home.
We are forming the scientific eye which can detect differences ever after at a glance.Froebel's Gifts|Kate Douglas Wiggin
It was not however until I reached the more respectable business quarter of the town that I was able to detect much.Under the Meteor Flag|Harry Collingwood
He concluded, quite correctly, that the organization had failed to detect himself in the person of the nervous cobbler.Fire-Tongue|Sax Rohmer
You detect no movement in the solid mass of heads and shoulders.What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Could Lucretia ever forgive the injury, and could she fail to detect the hand that inflicted it?Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for detect
Word Origin for detect
Word Origin and History for detect
early 15c., from Latin detectus, past participle of detegere "uncover, expose," figuratively "discover, reveal, disclose," from de- "un-, off" (see de-) + tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus). Related: Detected; detecting.