Definitions for: Discovery

[n] the act of discovering something
[n] a productive insight
[n] something that is discovered
[n] (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case

Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*cov"er*y, n.; pl. Discoveries.
1. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open;
showing; as, the discovery of a plot.

2. A making known; revelation; disclosure; as, a bankrupt is
bound to make a full discovery of his assets.

In the clear discoveries of the next [world].

3. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown
or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation
of the blood.

A brilliant career of discovery and conquest.

We speak of the ``invention'' of printing, the
discovery of America. --Trench.

4. That which is discovered; a thing found out, or for the
first time ascertained or recognized; as, the properties
of the magnet were an important discovery.

5. Exploration; examination. [Obs.]

Synonyms: breakthrough, find, find, uncovering

See Also: brainstorm, brainwave, breakthrough, catching, deed, detection, determination, disclosure, effort, espial, exploit, feat, finding, insight, rediscovery, revealing, revelation, self-discovery, spotting, spying

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