1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n Detection is the act of noticing or sensing something.

...the early detection of breast cancer.

2) N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n Detection is the discovery of something which is supposed to be hidden.

They are cheating but are sophisticated enough to avoid detection.

3) N-UNCOUNT Detection is the work of investigating a crime in order to find out what has happened and who committed it.

The detection rate for motor vehicle theft that year was just 11.7 per cent...

The most important deterrent for most criminals is the likelihood of detection and arrest.

English dictionary. 2008.


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