Definition of Departure

1. Noun. The act of departing.

2. Noun. A variation that deviates from the standard or norm. "The deviation from the mean"

3. Noun. Euphemistic expressions for death. "Thousands mourned his passing"
Exact synonyms: Exit, Expiration, Going, Loss, Passing, Release
Language type: Euphemism
Generic synonyms: Death, Decease, Expiry
Derivative terms: Depart, Depart, Depart, Exit, Expire, Go, Pass

Definition of Departure

1. n. Division; separation; putting away.

Definition of Departure

1. Noun. the act of departing or something that has departed ¹

2. Noun. a deviation from a plan or procedure ¹

3. Noun. a death ¹

4. Noun. (context: navigation) the distance due east or west made by a ship in its course reckoned in plane sailing as the product of the distance sailed and the sine of the angle made by the course with the meridian ¹

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Definition of Departure

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Medical Definition of Departure

1. 1. Division; separation; putting away. "No other remedy . . . But absolute departure." (Milton) 2. Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of departing or going away. "Departure from this happy place." (Milton) 3. Removal from the present life; death; decease. "The time of my departure is at hand." (2 Tim. Iv. 6) "His timely departure . . . Barred him from the knowledge of his son's miseries." (Sir P. Sidney) 4. Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course of action, a plan, or a purpose. "Any departure from a national standard." (Prescott) 5. The desertion by a party to any pleading of the ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and the adoption of another. 6. The distance due east or west which a person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line. Since the meridians sensibly converge, the departure in navigation is not measured from the beginning nor from the end of the ship's course, but is regarded as the total easting or westing made by the ship or person as he travels over the course. To take a departure, to ascertain, usually by taking bearings from a landmark, the position of a vessel at the beginning of a voyage as a point from which to begin her dead reckoning; as, the ship took her departure from Sandy Hook. Synonym: Death, demise, release. See Death. Origin: From Depart. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Departure

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Literary usage of Departure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1846)
"THE departure. THE recent events formed the theme of conversation throughout all Paris. Emmanuel and his wife conversed with natural astonishment in their ..."

2. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer (1921)
"n THE ASSEMBLY AT ITHACA AND THE departure O* TELEMACHUS SOON as the early, rosy-fingered dawn appeared, the dear son of Odysseus rose from bed, ..."

3. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1918)
"A neutral government is bound by these rules to prevent the arming or fitting out or departure from its jurisdiction of any merchant vessel which is ..."

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