detect: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (di-tekt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to discover or catch (a person) in the performance of some act: to detect someone cheating.
  2. to discover the existence of: to detect the odor of gas.
  3. to find out the true character or activity of: to detect a spy.
    1. to rectify alternating signal currents in a radio receiver.
    2. to demodulate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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