Detainder to Detest
(De*tain"der) n. (Law) A writ. See Detinue.
1. One who detains.
2. (Law) (a) The keeping possession of what belongs to another; detention of what is another's, even
though the original taking may have been lawful. Forcible detainer is indictable at common law. (b) A
writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to keep a person in custody.
(De*tain"ment) n. [Cf. OF. detenement.] Detention. [R.] Blackstone.
(De*tect") a. [L. detectus, p. p. of detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See
Tegument.] Detected. [Obs.] Fabyan.
(De*tect") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detected; p. pr. & vb. n. Detecting.]
1. To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light; as, to detect a crime or a criminal; to detect a
mistake in an account.
Plain good intention . . . is as easily discovered at the first view, as fraud is surely detected at last.Burke.
Like following life through creatures you dissect,Pope.
You lose it in the moment you detect.
2. To inform against; to accuse. [Obs.]
He was untruly judged to have preached such articles as he was detected of.Sir T. More.
Syn. To discover; find out; lay bare; expose.
(De*tect"a*ble De*tect"i*ble) a. Capable of being detected or found out; as, parties not detectable.
"Errors detectible at a glance." Latham.
(De*tect"er) n. One who, or that which, detects or brings to light; one who finds out what another
attempts to conceal; a detector.
(De*tec"tion) n. [L. detectio an uncovering, revealing.] The act of detecting; the laying open
what was concealed or hidden; discovery; as, the detection of a thief; the detection of fraud, forgery, or a
Such secrets of guilt are never from detection.D. Webster.
(De*tect"ive) a. Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as,
a detective officer.
(De*tect"ive), n. One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.
(De*tect"or) n. [L., a revealer.] One who, or that which, detects; a detecter. Shak.
A deathbed's detector of the heart.Young. Bank-note detector, a publication containing a description of genuine and counterfeit bank notes, designed
to enable persons to discriminate between them. Detector lock. See under Lock.
(De*ten"e*brate) v. t. [L. de + tenebrare to make dark, fr. tenebrae darkness.] To
remove darkness from. [Obs.] Ash.