• Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
    Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n departure the act of departing
    • n departure euphemistic expressions for death "thousands mourned his passing"
    • n departure a variation that deviates from the standard or norm "the deviation from the mean"
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Departure of the Guests Departure of the Guests

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Departure Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course of action, a plan, or a purpose. "Any departure from a national standard."
    • Departure Division; separation; putting away. "No other remedy . . . but absolute departure ."
    • Departure Removal from the present life; death; decease. "The time of my departure is at hand.""His timely departure . . . barred him from the knowledge of his son's miseries."
    • Departure Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of departing or going away. "Departure from this happy place."
    • Departure (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.
    • Departure (Nav. & Surv) The distance due east or west which a person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n departure The act of separating or parting; separation.
    • n departure The act of going away; a moving from a place: as, his departure from home.
    • n departure The act of leaving the present life; decease; death.
    • n departure Deviation or divergence, as from a standard, rule, or plan; a turning away, as from a purpose or course of action.
    • n departure 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
    • n departure The bearing or position of an object from which a vessel commences her dead-reckoning.
    • n departure 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. Incongruity between successive causes of action or defenses in one and the same pleading, when disallowed, is termed misjoinder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Departure act of departing: a going away from a place: deviation: the distance in nautical miles made good by a ship due east or west: death
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  • Tennessee Williams
    “There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.”
  • Socrates
    “The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.”
  • Proverb
    “Visits always give pleasure; if not the arrival, the departure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Depart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. départir—L. de, from, and partīri, to part, to divide.


In literature:

His departure, however, did not tend to clear the domestic atmosphere.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
With equal judgment and energy, she arranged every thing for our departure.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
While they awaited the lady's final answer, the preparations for Annie's departure went busily on.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
At length the day of my departure came, and I left Persia with books filled with remarks, and portfolios abounding in original sketches.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Hilda's announcement of her intended departure was received in silence by Sandy Redland, the factor, and David Cheyne, the old butler.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
The departure from the earth was arranged to occur precisely at midnight.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
Philip's departure was decided upon.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
The night before his departure came.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Just then the bell sounds for departure, when a big officer comes up, puffing with surplus fat and official importance.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
At midnight they administered the sacrament to me as they hourly expected my departure.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

In poetry:

Wind and rain escorted Spring's departure,
Flying snow welcome Spring's return.
On the ice-clad rock rising high and sheer
A flower blossom sweet and fair.
"Ode to the Plum Blossom" by Mao Zedong
Only for Beauty’s passing shall we trace
The heavenly pathway that her feet have trod;
Only at her departure seek her face—
We that shall find it not this side of God.
"The Evanescent City" by George Sterling
Their "prayers of departure"
The wild birds are singing,
They fly to the wide stormy main.
Oh tell me, ye loved ones,
Whereto are ye winging?
Oh answer: when come ye again?
"September Melodies" by Morris Rosenfeld
He courted her a long time in triumph and glee,
But little did he think that she would soon leave,
Leave him in sorrow, forsaken, alone,
To mourn her departure, for she was going home:
"Lois House" by Julia A Moore
How sweet the hour when daylight blends
With the pensive shadows on evening's breast;
And dear to the heart is the pleasure it lends,
For 'tis like the departure of saints to their rest.
"Song of Twilight" by Lucretia Maria Davidson
O Lord! forgive our wanderings wide,
Our oft departures from thy side,
And keep us in thy fold;
Be thou our Shepherd and our all;
Protect these lambs, lest any fall,
And perish in the cold.
"Anniversary Hymn" by David John Scott

In news:

News-Argus/Turner Walston Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel prepare one of the base's F-15E Strike Eagles for departure Monday.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – "An opportunity out of the blue " led to Curt Fraser's departure as coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins and back into the NHL.
So moved by the departure of someone he calls "one of the best people in baseball I've ever met," Manager Jim Tracy wanted to offer a small tribute.
Absence of documentation in chief of staff's departure signals new level of secrecy in Premier Christly Clark's office.
Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck is the departure site for a cargo carrier en route to a convoy supporting America's global military mission.'s Mike Reiss has posted his analysis on Pees ' surprising departure after six years with the team.
China escorts body of former Cambodian king to airport for departure to Phnom Penh .
Point of Departure .
David Weiss and Point of Departure Snuck In Sunnyside.
David Weiss & Point of Departure Snuck Out Sunnyside.
Polian on Manning's departure.
Nepotism rule leads to Bartlett police lieutenant 's departure.
In Greece, where a popular toast is drinking "to health and cash flow," one food writer sees parallels in between the country's crushing economic problems and its departure from its simple, humble culinary roots.
For the 3rd consecutive time the Packers departure from the playoffs comes in sudden death overtime after the offense got the ball first.
John Erskine's departure ' precautionary '.

In science:

This same scheme explains the departures from linearity: e.g. q slightly increases at the low-luminosity end because LF IR is also contributed by the flux by old stars heating the dust.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Nevertheless, many theoretical papers have appeared recently with estimates of the assumed universal pre-heating necessary to produce the “entropy floor” in groups and the related departure from L − T self-similarity (e.g.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
This is Miranda’s point of departure for the construction of a compactification by means of geometric invariant theory of this moduli space.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
I keep the same point of departure as Bogorodskii.
Can the notion of a homogeneous gravitational field be transferred from classical mechanics to the Relativistic Theory of Gravity ?
However, the violation of Bell’s inequality by quantum mechanics meant a spectacular departure from EPR’s point of view.
Bell's inequality for n spin-s particles