- An example of a departure is changing a home building plan from a one-story to a two-story home.
- An example of a departure is flying from home on a vacation.
- a departing, or going away
- a starting out, as on a trip or new course of action
- a deviation or turning aside (from)
- Archaic death
- Naut. the distance due east or west from the meridian of its starting point covered by a ship on a given course
Origin of departureMiddle English ; from Old French departeure
- The act of leaving.
- A starting out, as on a trip or a new course of action.
- A divergence or deviation, as from an established rule, plan, or procedure: ordered curry as a departure from his usual bland diet.
- Nautical The distance sailed due east or west by a ship on its course.
- The act of departing or something that has departed.
- The departure was scheduled for noon.
- A deviation from a plan or procedure.
- A death.
- (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.
- departure lounge
- departure tax
From Old French deporteure (“departure," figuratively, "death”)