Definition of detect
detectabilityplay \-ˌtek-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
detectableplay \-ˈtek-tə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of detect in a Sentence
The test is used to detect the presence of alcohol in the blood.
This type of cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages.
Recent Examples of detect from the Web
She was detected off the coast of Cape May with a male great white named Cisco on Saturday.
China could also demand that Mr. Moon’s government allow China to verify that Thaad’s radar system can detect incoming missiles only within 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) and not 2,000 kilometers (about 1,200 miles), Mr. Cheng said.
Consider a case in which North Korea has a stockpile of nuclear warheads and the ability to launch them from submarines or remote, hard-to-detect sites on land.
Tennibot uses sensors, computer vision and algorithms to detect, locate and collect tennis balls.
By calculating the densities of material, even small amounts of explosives can be automatically detected.
For example, a study in which at least 100 children received suramin would be necessary to detect a side effect that occurred in just one out of 100 (1 percent) of children.
Juno also has detected an overwhelming abundance of ammonia deep down in Jupiter's atmosphere, and a surprisingly strong magnetic field in places — roughly 10 times greater than Earth's.
The ship would mount an S-band radar to detect ballistic missiles and flight deck and hangar for helicopters.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'detect'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of detect
Middle English, from Latin detectus, past participle of detegere to uncover, detect, from de- + tegere to cover — more at thatch
First Known Use: 1574
DETECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detect for English Language Learners
: to discover or notice the presence of (something that is hidden or hard to see, hear, taste, etc.)
DETECT Defined for Kids
Definition of detect for Students
: to learn that something or someone is or was there detect smoke
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up detect? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).