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[dih-tek-shuh n] /dɪˈtɛk ʃən/
the act of detecting.
the fact of being detected.
discovery, as of error or crime:
chance detection of smuggling.
  1. rectification of alternating signal currents in a radio receiver.
  2. Also called demodulation. the conversion of an alternating, modulated carrier wave or current into a direct, pulsating current equivalent to the transmitted information-bearing signal.
Origin of detection
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin dētēctiōn- (stem of dētēctiō), equivalent to Latin dētēct(us) (see detect) + -iōn- -ion
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predetection, noun Unabridged
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  • And now they've determined the details behind that detection.
  • His acuteness in the detection of errors is no less admirable than is the ingenuity shown in their correction.
  • The wrong is indifferent to him until the fear of detection and punishment steals in upon him.
  • detection could not be in your power, and suspicion certainly not in your inclination.
  • Thirteen of those who participated worked in drug detection, three in explosives detection, and two worked in both.
  • Trust, and the detection and punishment of injustice, lie at the heart of human society.
  • We can play an important role in early disease detection through, for instance, medical imaging technology.
  • But avoidance of a direct hand-over is common even where there is no chance of detection.
  • Dermatologists would not agree that the device is equally or better at detection.
  • Transit detection can pick up much smaller planets than previous methods based on gravity-induced wobbles in the stellar parent.
British Dictionary definitions for detection


the act of discovering or the fact of being discovered: detection of crime
the act or process of extracting information, esp at audio or video frequencies, from an electromagnetic wave See also demodulation
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Word Origin and History for detection

early 15c., "exposure, accusation," from Latin detectionem (nominative detectio) "an uncovering," noun of action from past participle stem of detegere (see detect).

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