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- to discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing
- 1960 June, “Talking of Trains: New B.R. research laboratory”, in Trains Illustrated, page 329:
- Diesel maintenance schedules are benefiting from work done on the magnificent Hilger & Watts electronic spectrograph for oil analysis, which detects minute quantities of metals in samples of used lubricating oil; [...].
- → Catalan: detectar
- → French: détecter
- → Dutch: detecteren
- → Portuguese: detectar
- → Romanian: detecta
- → Spanish: detectar
to detect — see notice
to discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing
detect (not comparable)
- detect in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- detect in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.