from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To discover or ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of.
- transitive v. To discern (something hidden or subtle): detected a note of sarcasm in the remark.
- transitive v. To learn something hidden and often improper about: detected the manager in a lie.
- transitive v. Electronics To demodulate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Detected.
- transitive v. To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light
- transitive v. To inform against; to accuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To uncover; lay bare; expose; show.
- To discover; find out; ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of: as, to detect an error in an account; to detect the presence of arsenic.
- To find out the action or character of; discover a fault or wrong in; unveil, as a person: as, to detect a man in the act of cheating; to detect a hypocrite.
- To reveal the guilt or alleged guilt of; inform against; complain of; accuse.
- Synonyms To find, ascertain, descry, make out, ferret out, penetrate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Middle English detecten, from Latin dētegere, dētēct-, to uncover : dē-, de- + tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin detectus, perfect passive participle of detegere ("to uncover or disclose"), from de- + tegere ("to cover"); see tegument, tile, thatch (Wiktionary)