• WordNet 3.6
    • v detect discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water","We found traces of lead in the paint"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year
    • a Detect Detected.
    • Detect To inform against; to accuse. "He was untruly judged to have preached such articles as he was detected of."
    • Detect To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light; as, to detect a crime or a criminal; to detect a mistake in an account. "Plain good intention . . . is as easily discovered at the first view, as fraud is surely detected at last.""Like following life through creatures you dissect,
      You lose it in the moment you detect ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dogs can be trained to detect an upcoming epileptic seizure
    • detect To uncover; lay bare; expose; show.
    • detect 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.
    • detect 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.
    • detect To reveal the guilt or alleged guilt of; inform against; complain of; accuse.
    • detect Synonyms To find, ascertain, descry, make out, ferret out, penetrate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows can detect odors up to five miles away
    • v.t Detect de-tekt′ (lit.) to uncover—hence to discover: to find out
    • n Detect a policeman employed in the investigation of special cases of crime, or in watching special classes of wrong-doers, usually not in uniform
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. detectus, p. p. of detegere, to uncover, detect; de, + tegere, to cover. See Tegument


In literature:

I ain't a detective, but in my eight-and-forty years I've had to keep my wits sharpened and my eyes open.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
There are twelve detectives under your windows.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Despite its scowl the ex-detective's face dawned upon her like the sun upon an occupant of the haunted chamber.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
So that Bradley, by their detection, at once raised the science to a higher grade of precision.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
The clavicle being subcutaneous throughout its whole length, any irregularity in its outline can be easily detected.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Alison detected some concealment in Grannie's voice, and pursued her inquiries.
"Good Luck" by L. T. Meade
First, I shall put a detective on the case.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
And now you're goin' to do the detective act!
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
Suddenly the detective got up, and, holding a paper in his hand, began walking up and down the room.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
A long, close, breathless scrutiny, with the most powerful magnifying glasses, and the detective jumped to his feet.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
He is not a detective, in the usual sense of the word.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
Walling was at once handcuffed to Detective Crim and Jackson to Detective McDermott.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
The detective at the door came over with a look of supreme contempt on his face.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Mr. Gubb, you are a detective and I believe what is told detectives is held inviolable.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
He failed to note the excitement with which the detective listened to his story.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
How clever Lester was to learn Rex had been to the Detective Agency!
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
If from stone or gravel, gritty particles are usually passed, and may be detected in the bottom of a dish in which the liquid is caught.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Failing to detect any sign of danger, he concluded that there was none.
"The Wilderness Fugitives" by Edward S. Ellis
I thought I detected a note of tragedy in the way you hollered for Bates just now.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Yes, White was there, and, as the detective had said, looked as if asleep.
"A Master Hand" by Richard Dallas

In poetry:

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
Say, can thy magic stream procure repose
To murd'rous Guilt, with restless, wide-stretch'd eye,
Fearing Detection's torch for ever nigh,
And Justice with its scourge the scene to close?
"To Oblivion" by Charlotte Dacre
I have come to grow young--on my word I declare
I have thought I detected a change in my hair!
One hour with "The Boys" will restore it to brown--
And a wrinkle or two I expect to rub down.
"What I Have Come For" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Detective Innes, who was passing at the time of the fire,
Rendered help in every way the audience could desire,
By helping many of them for to get out,
Which was a heroic action, without any doubt.
"The Burning of the People's Variety Theatre, Aberdeen" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then he fled from London without delay,
Knowing he wouldn't be safe there night nor day,
And embarked on board a ship bound for Spain,
Thinking he would escape detection there, but 'twas all in vain.
"Richard Pigott, the Forger" by William Topaz McGonagall
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:

The test, which runs on Cepheid 's GeneXpert® System, detects and differentiates influenza A, influenza B, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus simultaneously in about one hour.
Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting early this morning at a motel outside of Ceres .
Seizure-detection dog helps girl with epilepsy.
New sensor detects wire chafing .
Chewing gum could detect malaria.
Tease through the evidence in the ingredients like a CSI (Cocktail Special Investigation) detective and you can find the (figurative) fingerprints of the maker — or fascinating motives and backstories.
Detected levels are more than 11 times higher than California's new standard.
(CBS News) Dogs have long been known for their powerful noses and scientists are now trying to develop "electronic noses" to mimic this canine sense, in an effort to detect diseases.
Respiratory Therapists Aid Early Detection of COPD: National RC Week Focuses on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in October.
ST PAUL — A 500-deer farm in Ramsey County is under quarantine, after chronic wasting disease was detected in a red deer.
Kent County detective says yes.
Redeye, is a former Seneca Nation Councilor, former Seneca Gaming Corporation Chair, and former Erie County detective.
And here's what you can do to mitigate the effect on your accounting policies, disclosures, and error detection.
The levels detected are low enough to allow hand washing, but too high to be used for drinking water.
Generally, about 15% of virtual colonoscopies detect an abnormal growth that must be removed through a conventional colonoscopy , Zalis says.

In science:

In addition, all 13 of the Claussen et al. (1997) masers with 3σ Bθ detections also have positive Stokes Q and/or U detections.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
For multiply detected ob jects, the indices were weighted by the inverse of the squared magnitude uncertainties, then averaged over all the detections.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Studies of the galaxies detected in both fields have provided the first tentative interpretation of the nature of the galaxies detected in ISOCAM surveys (Flores et al. 1999).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Given the far-IR selection of the faint ISO sources, which is expected to preferentially detect dusty star-forming galaxies, this result would be difficult to understand, as it lets open the question of ”why the ongoing active starbursts are not detected”.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
As they travel to the earth from the sun, neutrinos oscillate between the easier-to-detect neutrino state and the more difficult-to-detect neutrino state.
How the sun shines
In order to detect them in the data of both bar and laser interferometric gravitational-wave detectors one needs to integrate the data for many days in order to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio sufficiently high to guarantee their detection.
Resampled random processes in gravitational-wave data analysis
During observing, detected signals from each channel were square-law detected and added in polarization pairs before undergoing high-pass filtering.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
The pulsar was detected in observations of length 21600 s and 17200 s and would have been too faint to detect in our standard 8400 s integrations in the SMC survey.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
There are firm detections by CGRO of 7 pulsars (dubbed Seven Samurai) and another 2 cases classified as ‘likely’ detections.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
The total exposure on the HDF-N field has recently been more than doubled to 479.7 ks; these new data have allowed the detection of several additional HDF-N sources and substantially improved the X-ray constraints on the previously detected sources.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
If the redshift is correct, then this is the most distant X-ray source detected thus far in our Chandra field and the ninth most distant cosmic ob ject detected in X-rays (after seven quasars and one gamma-ray burst).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
CXOHDFN J123644.3+621132 is only detected in the soft band and appears to be a member of the second class that has now been individually detected (previously the X-ray emission from the second class was only detectable when many ob jects were stacked).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
The other eight Chandra sources detected in the HDF-N have already been described in H00 and §6 of H01; all of these previously reported sources are still detected in our improved analysis here.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Source searching with wavdetect confirms the detections from the manual Poisson calculations above, although the detection significances are somewhat lower.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Two of the new sources are optically bright galaxies at low redshift; with their detection X-ray emission has now been detected from all three of the optically luminous (MV < −18) HDF-N galaxies with z < 0.15.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N