Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of leaving.
  • noun A starting out, as on a trip or a new course of action.
  • noun A divergence or deviation, as from an established rule, plan, or procedure.
  • noun Nautical The distance sailed due east or west by a ship on its course.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of separating or parting; separation.
  • noun The act of going away; a moving from a place: as, his departure from home.
  • noun The act of leaving the present life; decease; death.
  • noun Deviation or divergence, as from a standard, rule, or plan; a turning away, as from a purpose or course of action.
  • noun In navigation: The distance in nautical miles made good by a ship due east or due west: in the former case it is called easting, and in the latter, westing. When the two places are on the same parallel, the departure is the same as the distance sailed
  • noun The bearing or position of an object from which a vessel commences her dead-reckoning.
  • noun In law, the abandonment of one's former ground, in pleading or process, which is implied by interposing a pleading stating as the grounds of action or defense matter inconsistent with or substantially different from that originally indicated; the change involved or attempted after beginning an action or a defense on one ground, in endeavoring to continue it on one substantially different.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Division; separation; putting away.
  • noun Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of departing or going away.
  • noun Removal from the present life; death; decease.
  • noun Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course of action, a plan, or a purpose.
  • noun (Law) The desertion by a party to any pleading of the ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and the adoption of another.
  • noun (Nav. & Surv.) The distance due east or west which a person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.
  • noun (Nav. & Surv.) to ascertain, usually by taking bearings from a landmark, the position of a vessel at the beginning of a voyage as a point from which to begin her dead reckoning; as, the ship took her departure from Sandy Hook.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of departing or something that has departed
  • noun a deviation from a plan or procedure
  • noun a death
  • noun navigation the distance due east or west made by a ship in its course reckoned in plane sailing as the product of the distance sailed and the sine of the angle made by the course with the meridian

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
  • noun the act of departing
  • noun euphemistic expressions for death

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

depart +‎ -ure

Examples

  • I would only hope that his departure is a result of some criminal charge a la the NSA-objecting Qwest executive.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Was I Wrong, Or Did Something Change?

  • The thing that really bugs me about his departure is his failure to call out the Republicans as the real culprits behind the Senate dysfunction.

    Matthew Yglesias » Evan Bayh

  • The fact that you had tech-policy people who rarely agree with each other on anything agreeing that his departure is a setback should tell you something.

    Faster Forward: Post-election tech-policy forecast: Nothing

  • My last assignment for Peace Corps prior to departure is to write a statement of goals and expectations.

    9 Weeks 'Til Uzbekistan!!!

  • Already I hear it, while guardian angels, attendant on humanity, their task achieved, hasten away, and their departure is announced by melancholy strains; faces all unseemly with weeping, forced open my lids; faster and faster many groups of these woe-begone countenances thronged around, exhibiting every variety of wretchedness -- well known faces mingled with the distorted creations of fancy.

    II.6

  • I am just setting out on that journey, am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • Earlier this year he withdrew from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group for what he called a departure from its original mission of fighting gun crimes in urban areas.

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  • We may know that we have but a little time to live (The time of my departure is at hand, 2 Tim.iv. 6); but we cannot know that we have a long time to live, for our souls are continually in our hands; nor can we know how little a time we have to live, for it may prove less than we expect; much less do we know the time fixed for the general judgment.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • Yet in many countries, his call for multilateralism, which runs parallel to a decline in American diplomatic and economic clout, remains a welcome departure from the era of President Bush, whose two-term presidency was largely defined by the war in Iraq and the divisive debates on which it hinged.

    Obama's Star Fades In Muslim World

  • On Super Bowl Sunday, Cohen held a "press conference" at a bar with his wife and children, announcing his departure from the Democratic ticket, leaving Quinn to pick Sheila Simon as his replacement running mate.

    Pat Quinn Has Scott Lee Cohen To Thank For Survival In Governor's Race

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