Definitions for: Departure

[n] act of departing
[n] euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
[n] a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*par"ture (?; 135), n. [From Depart.]
1. Division; separation; putting away. [Obs.]

No other remedy . . . but absolute departure.

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.

His timely departure . . . barred him from the
knowledge of his son's miseries. --Sir P.

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. (Law) The desertion by a party to any pleading of the
ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and
the adoption of another. --Bouvier.

6. (Nav. & Surv.) The distance due east or west which a
person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.

Note: 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 (Nav. & Surv.), 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.

Syn: Death; demise; release. See Death.

Synonyms: deviation, difference, divergence, exit, expiration, going, going, going away, leaving, loss, passing, release

See Also: boarding, breaking away, death, decease, deed, despatch, disappearance, disappearing, discrepancy, dispatch, driftage, effort, embarkation, embarkment, exit, exploit, farewell, feat, flection, flexion, fluctuation, French leave, inflection, leave, leave-taking, parting, sailing, shipment, takeoff, variance, variant, variation, withdrawal

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