de·​tec·​tion di-ˈtek-shən How to pronounce detection (audio)
: the act of detecting : the state or fact of being detected
: the process of demodulating

Examples of detection in a Sentence

I don't know how the errors managed to avoid detection for so long. my detection of the scent of baked apple pie led me to the kitchen
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of detection was in the 15th century

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“Detection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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