• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Detecter One who, or that which, detects or brings to light; one who finds out what another attempts to conceal; a detector.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Police detectives have used snapping turtles to help them locate dead bodies
    • n detecter See detector.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows can detect odors up to five miles away
    • ns Detecter one who detects: an apparatus for detecting something, as a detector-lock, which shows if it has been tampered with
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  • George Eliot
    “It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the dear deceit of beauty.”
  • George Eliot
    “Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.”
  • Phaedrus
    “Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.”
  • Raymond Chandler
    “A really good detective never gets married.”
  • Diane Ackerman
    Diane Ackerman
    “There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. detectum, detegĕrede, neg., and tegĕre, tectum, to cover.


In literature:

It was a case that appealed to her detective instincts.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
When they want to catch their desperadoes and robbers, they should send for a tenderfoot detective.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
On the same board other parties frankly advertised themselves as detectives.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
The Scotland Yard detective evidently wished his distinguished colleague to take the lead.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The double expiratory movement may also be detected by allowing the that the expiratory current is not continuous, but is broken into two jets.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
One man stood in the center of the apartment brandishing a revolver, which he discharged full at the detective.
"Messenger No. 48" by James Otis
The New York detectives, arriving on the evening train, were carried up to join the Flamsted force.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
His hearer indicated that he was entirely at the disposal of the detective.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
Brink reached out his finger and tapped the bowl of the detective's pipe.
"The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He put it on the desk in front of the detective.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett

In poetry:

Thine eye detects the sparrow’s fall;
Thy heart of love expands for all;
Our throbbing life is full of Thee;
Throned in Thy vast infinity.
"Lord of Our Life, Whom We Fear" by Samuel Francis Smith
Yet the superstition
In which we have grown up, not therefore loses
When we detect it, all its influence on us.
Not all are free that can bemock their fetters.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
"You are old," said the youth, "and I grieve to detect
A feverish gleam in your eye;
Yet I'm willing to give you full time to reflect.
Now, pray, can you answer me why?"
"Father William" by James Whitcomb Riley
I have known the mind bound like a dog, laid bare
To any stranger in cruel vivisection,
I have seen a man's eyes break in marvelous
Dread of his own dark act and its detection:
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
Thou with Christians here detected?
Thou here in their caverns hidden?
Thou a prisoner? Wherefore, wherefore,
O immense and mighty Jove,
Are thy angry bolts suspended?
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And when arrested in the hotel he seemed very cool,
Just like an innocent schoolboy going to school.
And he said to the detectives, "Wait until my portmanteau I've got."
And while going for his portmanteau, himself he shot.
"Richard Pigott, the Forger" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Newport News detective charged in alleged gun-toting road rage incident.
Recently introduced Oil-Glo 50, a fluorescent dye that glows bright red to detect leaks in petroleum- or synthetic-based fluid systems.
00 pm, KCET brings you the 1947 film "My Favorite Brunette ," a detective film noir parody starring Bob Hope as a hapless baby photographer who's mistaken for a private eye and ends up framed for murder.
"You can detect cardiac problems or kidney problems," Dr Laura Tonetti Hall of East Hill Animal Hospital.
USDA Update on Detection of BSE .
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Thursday released the following update on the bovine spongiform encephalopathy ( BSE ) detection announced earlier this week.
BSE Detected in California Dairy Cow.
Colorado K-9 Detection Services Inc. Shopping & Services.
Detectives are investigating an electronic listening device that was allegedly planted outside Nicole Kidman's Sydney mansion, police said.
What many physicists consider to be one of the last pieces of the theoretical puzzle that explains the structure of matter has been detected at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago.
Falk won 4-Emmys for his role as the rumpled, but shrewd detective.
Actor Peter Falk died Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif He was best known for playing the rumpled TV detective, Columbo , for 30 years.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in " Columbo " has died.
RedLaser 4.0 can detect when a user is inside a specific Best Buy store.
Columbus police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred on the city's east side Friday night.

In science:

All but two of the detected sources are detected in either the soft or full bands.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
We have also presented th ree 0.5–2.0 keV extended sources, which were detected using a conservative detection criterion.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
Plain arrows show sources detected in only one of these two bands with the arrows indicating upper and lower limits; sources detected in only the full band cannot be plotted.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
Sources that were not detected in the soft band that were detected in at least one of the full and hard bands are plotted here as upper limits.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
Kraan-Korteweg & Lahav (2000) point out that since the dipole is dominated by local structures, the detection of nearby galaxies can be more important to the dipole analyses than the detection of massive clusters at larger distances.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey