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From Old French deporteure (departure; figuratively, death).





departure (countable and uncountable, plural departures)

  1. The act of departing or something that has departed.
    The departure was scheduled for noon.
    • 1921, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, published 1925, →OCLC:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. In the road Mr. Love and the driver favoured the company with a brief chanty running: “Got it?—No, I ain't, 'old on,—Got it? Got it?—No, 'old on sir.”
    • 1961 October, “The winter timetables of British Railways: Western Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 590:
      But the outstanding feature of the new timetable arrangement, additional to the standardised departure times, is the number of intermediate points, in addition to such principal cities as Bristol, Plymouth, Cardiff and Birmingham, that now have departures for Paddington at the same minutes past the hour throughout the day.
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
      Villa spent most of the second period probing from wide areas and had a succession of corners but despite their profligacy they will be glad to overturn the 6-0 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in August following former boss Martin O'Neill's departure.
  2. A deviation from a plan or procedure.
    There are several significant departures, however, from current practice.
  3. (euphemistic) A death.
  4. (navigation) The distance due east or west made by a ship in its course reckoned in plane sailing as the product of the distance sailed and the sine of the angle made by the course with the meridian.
  5. (surveying) The difference in easting between the two ends of a line or curve.
    The area is computed by latitudes and departures.
  6. (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[1]
  7. (obsolete) Division; separation; putting away.





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  1. ^ John Bouvier (1839) “DEPARTURE”, in A Law Dictionary, [], volumes I (A–K), Philadelphia, Pa.: T. & J. W. Johnson, [], successors to Nicklin & Johnson, [], →OCLC.

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