American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person, usually a member of a police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence or information.
- adj. Of or relating to detectives or their work: detective novels.
- adj. Suited for or used in detection.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fitted for or skilled in detecting; employed in detecting: as, the detective police.
- Relating to detectives or to detection: as, a detective story.
- n. A person whose occupation it is to discover matters as to which information is desired, particularly concerning wrong-doers, and to obtain evidence to be used against them. His duties differ from those of the ordinary policeman in that he has no specific beat or round, and in that he is concerned with the investigation of specific cases, or the watching of particular individuals or classes of offenders, rather than with the general guardianship of the peace, and does not wear a distinguishing uniform.
- n. law enforcement A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.
- n. A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals.
- n. One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.
- n. an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
- n. a police officer who investigates crimes
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