Pronunciation: (di-tek'tiv), [key]
a member of the police force or a private investigator whose function is to obtain information and evidence, as of offenses against the law.
1. of or pertaining to detection or detectives: a detective story.
2. serving to detect; detecting: various detective devices.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.