from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of leaving.
- n. A starting out, as on a trip or a new course of action.
- n. A divergence or deviation, as from an established rule, plan, or procedure: ordered curry as a departure from his usual bland diet.
- n. Nautical The distance sailed due east or west by a ship on its course.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of departing or something that has departed
- n. a deviation from a plan or procedure
- n. a death
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Division; separation; putting away.
- n. Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of departing or going away.
- n. Removal from the present life; death; decease.
- n. Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course of action, a plan, or a purpose.
- n. The desertion by a party to any pleading of the ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and the adoption of another.
- n. The distance due east or west which a person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of separating or parting; separation.
- n. The act of going away; a moving from a place: as, his departure from home.
- n. The act of leaving the present life; decease; death.
- n. Deviation or divergence, as from a standard, rule, or plan; a turning away, as from a purpose or course of action.
- n. In navigation: The distance in nautical miles made good by a ship due east or due west: in the former case it is called easting, and in the latter, westing. When the two places are on the same parallel, the departure is the same as the distance sailed
- n. The bearing or position of an object from which a vessel commences her dead-reckoning.
- n. In law, the abandonment of one's former ground, in pleading or process, which is implied by interposing a pleading stating as the grounds of action or defense matter inconsistent with or substantially different from that originally indicated; the change involved or attempted after beginning an action or a defense on one ground, in endeavoring to continue it on one substantially different.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
- n. the act of departing
- n. euphemistic expressions for death
depart + -ure (Wiktionary)