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See also: détection



From Latin dētēctiō, from dētegere (to detect), from dē- (un-) + tegere (to cover, to hide). Equivalent to detect +‎ -ion.



detection (countable and uncountable, plural detections)

  1. The act or process of detecting, uncovering, or finding out, the discovery of something new, hidden, or disguised.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
    • 1931, Francis Beeding, “10/6”, in Death Walks in Eastrepps[1]:
      “Why should Eldridge commit murder? [] There was only one possible motive—namely, he wished to avoid detection as James Selby of Anaconda Ltd. []
  2. (obsolete) Synonym of accusation, the exposure of concealed information about a crime or heresy.
  3. (electrical engineering) The act or process of finding or detecting an electrical signal in a carrier wave.


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  • German: Detektion