Definition of Development

1. Noun. Act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining. "They funded research and development"

Generic synonyms: Improvement
Specialized synonyms: Advancement, Progress, Broadening, Elaboration, Working Out, Product Development
Derivative terms: Develop, Develop

2. Noun. A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage). "The slow development of her skill as a writer"
Exact synonyms: Evolution
Generic synonyms: Physical Process, Process
Specialized synonyms: Assibilation, Deepening, Growth, Flowering, Unfolding
Derivative terms: Develop, Evolve
Antonyms: Devolution

3. Noun. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level. "He proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"

4. Noun. A recent event that has some relevance for the present situation. "What a revolting development!"
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Turn, Turn Of Events, Twist, Phenomenon, Complication, Ramification
Derivative terms: Develop

5. Noun. The act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful. "The exploitation of copper deposits"

6. Noun. A district that has been developed to serve some purpose. "Such land is practical for small park developments"
Specialized synonyms: Housing Development, Housing Estate
Generic synonyms: District, Dominion, Territorial Dominion, Territory
Derivative terms: Develop

7. Noun. A state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess). "In chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
Category relationships: Chess, Chess Game
Generic synonyms: Improvement, Melioration
Specialized synonyms: Underdevelopment
Derivative terms: Develop, Develop

8. Noun. Processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible. "The development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"
Exact synonyms: Developing
Generic synonyms: Processing
Specialized synonyms: Underdevelopment
Derivative terms: Develop, Develop

9. Noun. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated.
Generic synonyms: Section, Subdivision
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Development

1. n. The act of developing or disclosing that which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed state.

Definition of Development

1. Noun. The process of developing; growth, directed change ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable biology) The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells. ¹

3. Noun. Something which has developed ¹

4. Noun. A real estate development ¹

5. Noun. The application of new ideas to practical problems (''cf. research) ¹

6. Noun. (context: chess uncountable) The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it ¹

7. Noun. (music) The second section of a piece of music in sonata form. ¹

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Definition of Development

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Medical Definition of Development

1. 1. The act of developing or disclosing that which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed state. "A new development of imagination, taste, and poetry." (Channing) 2. The series of changes which animal and vegetable organisms undergo in their passage from the embryonic state to maturity, from a lower to a higher state of organization. 3. The act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning. The equivalent expression into which another has been developed. 4. The elaboration of a theme or subject; the unfolding of a musical idea; the evolution of a whole piece or movement from a leading theme or motive. Development theory, the doctrine that animals and plants possess the power of passing by slow and successive stages from a lower to a higher state of organization, and that all the higher forms of life now in existence were thus developed by uniform laws from lower forms, and are not the result of special creative acts. See the Note under Darwinian. Synonym: Unfolding, disclosure, unraveling, evolution, elaboration, growth. Origin: Cf. F. Developpement Alternative forms: developement. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Development

developable surface
developed countries
developer program
developing countries
development (current term)
developmental age
developmental anatomy
developmental biologies
developmental biology
developmental brain tumours
developmental delay
developmental disabilities
developmental disability
developmental grooves
developmental learning
developmental lines

Literary usage of Development

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"The Educational Bearings of the Conception of development. ... When it is said that education is development, everything depends upon how development is ..."

2. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"The significance of this observation is that it recognizes the intermittent character of the development of habit and the advantage of a period of ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1895)
"The revolution, which the fascinating philosophy of Darwin has brought into the manner of contemplating and explaining the life and development of plant and ..."

4. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"The interdependent development of the Relative form of value, ... But we must bear in mind that the development of the latter is only the expression and ..."

5. Studies in General Physiology by Jacques Loeb (1905)
"XVI THE INFLUENCE OF LIGHT ON THE development OF ORGANS IN ... The fact that intra-uterine development goes on in complete darkness proves that the ..."

6. History of Domestic and Foreign Commerce of the United States by Emory Richard Johnson, Thurman William Van Metre, Grover Gerhardt Huebner, David Scott Hanchet (1922)
"development of commerce the resultant of many causes,. ... The development of the commerce of any country is a resultant of many causes. ..."

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