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departure

[dih-pahr-cher] /dɪˈpɑr tʃər/
noun
1.
an act or instance of departing:
the time of departure; a hasty departure.
2.
divergence or deviation, as from a standard, rule, etc.:
a departure from accepted teaching methods.
3.
Navigation.
  1. the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
  2. point of departure.
4.
Surveying. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
5.
Archaic. death.
Origin of departure
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French departëure; compare Anglo-French departir (noun use of infinitive). See depart, -ure
Related forms
nondeparture, noun
predeparture, noun
Synonyms
1. leaving, going, exit, leave-taking.
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  • Jekyl had never returned, nor had any one descended the stairs since his departure.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Now this, it seems to me, is my point of departure for the estimate of my possible resources.

  • He made the same arrangements as before, when his departure was a mere pretense.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • For half an hour I was in momentary expectation of his departure.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • May he who is unborn be the sad announcer of your departure hence!

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for departure

departure

/dɪˈpɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of departing
2.
a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
3.
a project, course of action, venture, etc: selling is a new departure for him
4.
(nautical)
  1. the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
  2. Also called point of departure. the latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning
5.
a euphemistic word for death
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Word Origin and History for departure
n.

mid-15c., from Old French deporteure "departure," figuratively, "death," from departir (see depart) + -ure (see -ure).

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