Definition of Discovery

1. Noun. The act of discovering something.

2. Noun. Something that is discovered.

3. Noun. A productive insight.
Exact synonyms: Breakthrough, Find
Generic synonyms: Brainstorm, Brainwave, Insight
Derivative terms: Discover, Discover, Discover, Discover, Discover, Find, Find

4. Noun. (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.
Generic synonyms: Disclosure, Revealing, Revelation
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Discovery

1. n. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing; as, the discovery of a plot.

Definition of Discovery

1. Noun. Something discovered. ¹

2. Noun. The discovering of new things. ¹

3. Noun. (context: legal uncountable) A pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered. ¹

4. Noun. (context: legal uncountable) Materials revealed to the opposing party during the pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered. ¹

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Definition of Discovery

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Medical Definition of Discovery

1. 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]" (South) 3. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognised; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood. "A brilliant career of discovery and conquest." (Prescott) "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 recognised; as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery. 5. Exploration; examination. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Discovery

discovery (current term)
discovery informatics
discovery request
discovery requests

Literary usage of Discovery

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

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1890)
"His claim t independent discovery and priority of printed publication was undisputed, though M. Vincent of Lille claimed to have arrived i at similar ..."

2. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Jenny H. Stickney (1898)
"A VOYAGE OF discovery. AT early dawn we were aroused by the crowing of -"- the cocks, and my wife and I consulted together on the best plan to adopt in our ..."

3. An Account of the European Settlements in America: Containing an Accurate by Edmund Burke, William Burke (1808)
"The discovery of the Bahamas, and Greater Antilles. •. ** THERE was an extraordinary coincidence ef events at the time that the discovery of America made ..."

4. The Constitutional Text-book: A Practical and Familiar Exposition of the by Furman Sheppard (1855)
"From this discovery by Cabot, originated the title by which England claimed North America. That title depended upon the first discovery of the continent, ..."

5. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1887)
"Even where some statutory provision is made for obtaining discovery, but such provision does not afford as full and adequate means of compelling discovery ..."

6. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1902)
"The Arthur River is about six miles beyond the coal discovery. It is very probable that the seams may yet be picked up three or four miles nearer Wynyard, ..."

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