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[dih-tek-shuh n]
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  1. the act of detecting.
  2. the fact of being detected.
  3. discovery, as of error or crime: chance detection of smuggling.
  4. Telecommunications.
    1. rectification of alternating signal currents in a radio receiver.
    2. Also called demodulation.the conversion of an alternating, modulated carrier wave or current into a direct, pulsating current equivalent to the transmitted information-bearing signal.
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Origin of detection

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dētēctiōn- (stem of dētēctiō), equivalent to Latin dētēct(us) (see detect) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·de·tec·tion, noun
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  • I was afraid to set the weights down for fear of detection and punishment.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • But this was only his second detection, and three of his four days of probation were past.

  • The risk of detection, so that they made little noise, was negligible.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • That was clearly impracticable and fraught with too much risk of detection.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The word refers to the detection by the mother of the movements of the child.

British Dictionary definitions for detection


  1. the act of discovering or the fact of being discovereddetection of crime
  2. the act or process of extracting information, esp at audio or video frequencies, from an electromagnetic waveSee also demodulation
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Word Origin and History for detection


early 15c., "exposure, accusation," from Latin detectionem (nominative detectio) "an uncovering," noun of action from past participle stem of detegere (see detect).

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