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Meaning of departure

de•par•ture

Pronunciation: (di-pär'chur), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of departing: the time of departure; a hasty departure.
  2. divergence or deviation, as from a standard, rule, etc.: a departure from accepted teaching methods.
    1. the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
    2. Seepoint of departure.
  3. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
  4. death.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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