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7 definitions found
 for discovery
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discovery \Dis*cov"er*y\, n.; pl. Discoveries.
     1. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open;
        showing; as, the discovery of a plot.
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     2. A making known; revelation; disclosure; as, a bankrupt is
        bound to make a full discovery of his assets.
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              In the clear discoveries of the next [world].
                                                    --South.
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     3. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown
        or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation
        of the blood.
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              A brilliant career of discovery and conquest.
                                                    --Prescott.
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              We speak of the "invention" of printing, the
              discovery of America.                 --Trench.
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     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.
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     5. Exploration; examination. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  discovery
      n 1: the act of discovering something [syn: discovery, find,
           uncovering]
      2: something that is discovered
      3: a productive insight [syn: discovery, breakthrough,
         find]
      4: (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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "discovery":
     apocalypse, ascertaining, baring, bonus, breakthrough,
     buried treasure, coinage, conception, detection, determining,
     development, disclosing, disclosure, discovering, espial,
     exploration, expose, exposition, exposure, find, finding,
     foundling, gravy, idea, innovation, introduction, invention,
     laying bare, leap, manifestation, neologism, new phase, novelty,
     origination, patefaction, recognition, removing the veil,
     revealing, revealment, revelation, showing up, showup, strike,
     stripping, treasure trove, trouvaille, trove, uncloaking,
     uncovering, unearthing, unfolding, unfoldment, unmasking,
     unveiling, unwrapping, waifs, waifs and strays, windfall,
     windfall money, windfall profit
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISCOVERY, intern. law. The act of finding an unknown country. 
       2. The nations of Europe adopted the principle, that the discovery of 
  any part of America gave title to the government by whose subjects, or by 
  whose authority it was made, against all European governments. This title 
  was to be consummated by possession. 8 Wheat. 543. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISCOVERY, practice, pleading. The act of disclosing or revealing by a 
  defendant, in his answer to a bill filed against him in a court of equity. 
  Vide Bill of Discovery; 8 Vin. Ab. 537; 8 Com. Dig: 515. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISCOVERY; rights. The patent laws of the United States use this word as 
  synonymous with invention or improvement of July 4, 1836, s. 6. 
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Discovery-Spring Garden, MD -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Maryland
     Population (2000):    2152
     Housing Units (2000): 731
     Land area (2000):     0.952716 sq. miles (2.467522 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.952716 sq. miles (2.467522 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            23005
     Located within:       Maryland (MD), FIPS 24
     Location:             39.463960 N, 77.360581 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Discovery-Spring Garden, MD
      Discovery-Spring Garden
      Discovery, MD
      Discovery
  

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