detect

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin detectus, perfect passive participle of detegere (to uncover or disclose), from de- + tegere (to cover); see tegument, tile, thatch

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detect (third-person singular simple present detects, present participle detecting, simple past and past participle detected)

  1. 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; [...].

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  • Catalan: detectar
  • French: détecter
  • Portuguese: detectar
  • Romanian: detecta
  • Spanish: detectar

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detect (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Detected.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fabyan to this entry?)

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