• A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones
    A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v develop come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) "He grew a beard","The patient developed abdominal pains","I got funny spots all over my body","Well-developed breasts"
    • v develop change the use of and make available or usable "develop land","The country developed its natural resources","The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
    • v develop expand in the form of a series "Develop the function in the following form"
    • v develop grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment "A flower developed on the branch","The country developed into a mighty superpower","The embryo develops into a fetus","This situation has developed over a long time"
    • v develop cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development "The perfect climate here develops the grain","He developed a new kind of apple"
    • v develop happen "Report the news as it develops","These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
    • v develop be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly"
    • v develop elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme "develop the melody and change the key"
    • v develop become technologically advanced "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace","Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
    • v develop grow emotionally or mature "The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten","When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"
    • v develop gain through experience "I acquired a strong aversion to television","Children must develop a sense of right and wrong","Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position","develop a passion for painting"
    • v develop create by training and teaching "The old master is training world-class violinists","we develop the leaders for the future"
    • v develop elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
    • v develop move into a strategically more advantageous position "develop the rook"
    • v develop move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions "Spassky developed quickly"
    • v develop superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
    • v develop generate gradually "We must develop more potential customers","develop a market for the new mobile phone"
    • v develop work out "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
    • v develop make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation "Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather","They developed a new technique"
    • v develop make visible by means of chemical solutions "Please develop this roll of film for me"
    • v develop come into existence; take on form or shape "A new religious movement originated in that country","a love that sprang up from friendship","the idea for the book grew out of a short story","An interesting phenomenon uprose"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

193. Development of Platygaster 193. Development of Platygaster
197. Development of Egg-parasites 197. Development of Egg-parasites
Steps in Early Development Steps in Early Development
Development of the Monitor Idea Development of the Monitor Idea
The Development of Transportation The Development of Transportation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the popular sports drink Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was developed
    • Develop To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of. "We must develop our own resources to the utmost."
    • Develop To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop.
    • Develop (Photog) To cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view.
    • Develop (Math) To change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
    • Develop To free from that which infolds or envelops; to unfold; to lay open by degrees or in detail; to make visible or known; to disclose; to produce or give forth; as, to develop theories; a motor that develops 100 horse power. "These serve to develop its tenets.""The 20th was spent in strengthening our position and developing the line of the enemy."
    • Develop To go through a process of natural evolution or growth, by successive changes from a less perfect to a more perfect or more highly organized state; to advance from a simpler form of existence to one more complex either in structure or function; as, a blossom develops from a bud; the seed develops into a plant; the embryo develops into a well-formed animal; the mind develops year by year. "Nor poets enough to understand
      That life develops from within."
    • Develop To unfold gradually, as a flower from a bud; hence, to bring through a succession of states or stages, each of which is preparatory to the next; to form or expand by a process of growth; to cause to change gradually from an embryo, or a lower state, to a higher state or form of being; as, sunshine and rain develop the bud into a flower; to develop the mind. "The sound developed itself into a real compound.""All insects . . . acquire the jointed legs before the wings are fully developed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks
    • develop To uncover or unfold gradually; lay open by successive steps; disclose or mate known in detail, as something not apparent or withheld from notice; bring or work out in full: as, the general began to develop the plan of his operations; to develop a plot; to develop an idea.
    • develop In photography, to induce the chemical changes in (the film of a plate which has been exposed in the camera or of a gelatino-bromide print) necessary to cause a latent image or picture to become visible, and, in the ease of a negative, to assume proper density to admit of reproduction by a process of printing.
    • develop In biology, to cause to go through the process of natural evolution from a previous and lower stage, or from un embryonic state to a later and more complex or perfect one.
    • develop In mathematics: To express in an extended form, as in a series, which lends itself more readily to computation or other treatment.
    • develop To advance from one stage to another by a process of natural or inherent evolution; specifically, in biology, to pass from the lowest stage through others of greater maturity toward the perfect or finished state: as, the fetus develops in the womb; the seed develops into the plant.
    • develop To become apparent; show itself: as, his schemes developed at length; specifically, in photography, to become visible, as a picture under the process of development. See development
    • develop In biology, to evolve; accomplish an evolutionary process or result.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
    • v.t Develop dē-vel′op to unroll: to unfold: to lay open by degrees: to promote the growth of:
    • v.i Develop to grow into: to open out: to evolve:—pr.p. devel′oping; pa.p. devel′oped
    • v.t Develop dē-vel′op (phot.) to make the latent picture visible by chemical applications
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  • Frank Herbert Dune
    Frank Herbert Dune
    “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Character develops itself in the stream of life.”
  • Les Brown
    “If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.”
  • Lord Samuel
    Lord Samuel
    “Where there are two Phd's in a developing country, one is head of state and the other is in exile.”
  • Rollo May
    Rollo May
    “Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déveloper,; dé-,L. dis-,) + OF. voluper, voleper, to envelop, perh. from L. volup, agreeably, delightfully, and hence orig., to make agreeable or comfortable by enveloping, to keep snug (cf. Voluptuous); or. perh. fr. a derivative of volvere, volutum, to roll (cf. Devolve). Cf. Envelop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. développer, opposite of envelopper; both perh. from a Teut. root found in Eng. lap, to wrap.


In literature:

Humanity is a growth, a development, an emanation, an evolutionary expression of the Supreme Being.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
No, but natural to all men and capable of being developed by a certain course of training.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
In nature the higher develops out of the lower, of which it is compounded.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
It may develop in calves as a result of the formation of hair balls in the stomach.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Under these repressing influences his mind could not but develop with a lack of stamina for self-support.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Land transport came later than water {17} transport, and developed by slower stages.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
Transportation as a means of economic development.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Mr. Hart is developing a prose style of commendable dignity, unusually free from the jarring touch of modern frivolity.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The history of the development of human society proves the fact everywhere.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The general problem of Education is the development of the theoretical and practical reason in the individual.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz

In poetry:

LORD LARDY espoused, with a groan,
MISS DARDY'S developing charms,
And agreed to tag on to his own,
Her name and her newly-found arms.
"Lorenzo De Lardy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
--His was that self-reliant industry,
Smiling at hardship, which develops well
The energies of manhood, and lends strength
To commonwealths.
"Mr. Norman Burr," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Developing by every art
To floriculture known,
From tares exempt, and kept apart,
Careful, as if in some fond heart
Its legume germs were sown.
"Sweet Peas" by Hattie Howard
I, the Yogi who developed by his practices,
Know that outer hindrances are but a shadow-show,
And the phantasmal world
A magic play of mind unborn.
"The Song Of Perfect Assurance (To The Demons)" by Jetsun Milarepa
As mind develops and soul matures
These two shall parent Earth's mightier acts;
Love is a fact, and 'tis love endures
'Though the world make wreck of all other facts.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
He may not know, he may not guess,
How much to her he owes,
How every scion of success
That in his nature grows,
Developed by her watchfulness,
Becomes a blooming rose.
"Woman's Help" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Becker Underwood is a technology-intensive developer of biologicals and specialty products for the ag sector, with a focus on innovative research, extensive product development and quality manufacturing.
The Kessler Collection and Daniel-Evson will partner in developing the 100-room Grand Bohemian Hotel as part of the larger planned development, Lane Parke.
Ehlenfeldt has either developed, or helped develop, a dozen new varieties of blueberries , including Pink Lemonade.
As interesting as these recent developments are about the suspected drone war, the domestic use of drones has had several recent, interesting developments as well.
Aptos Blue, a workforce housing development on Soquel Drive, is an affordable rental apartment community being developed by MidPen Housing Corp.
Local company teams with software developer Performance Development Corp.
As I've been following developments in the server-side caching market closely during the past few months while developing a report, I was expecting QLogic and/or Emulex to introduce caching Fibre Channel HBAs.
What this breakdown highlights is the difference in the supporting supply chains of developing and developed nations.
Professional Development Planning course developed by WGTE Public Media for Ohio Ready to Learn Trainers, R&R Trainers, and other trainers in the early childhood community.
In general, water-developed cliches are less durable than their alcohol-developed counterparts, so this article will focus only on alcohol-developed cliches .
The USDA Rural Development has awarded the Montana Cooperative Development Center with a $175,000 grant.
When it works — and users of the system say it does — the result is quick and innovative development that is less expensive than traditional development programs.
However, Commissioner James Watkins III said he was hopeful the developer and the neighborhood could work together to find an adequate development use for the building, which he called an eyesore.
The Corraos live in the Hunters Lane condominium development, which is across Port Washington Road from the development site.
Colgan oversees consulting services for Development Concepts Inc, a planning and development services firm in Indianapolis.

In science:

For the future I expect there will be developments in the following areas: (a) More models will be solved. (b) More efficient algorithms will be developed for NP problems such as the spin glass in three-dimensions.
Computer Science in Physics
While direct progress on matrix theory seems at this point to be slowing, the development of this model over the last several years has led to a number of ideas which have fueled interesting developments in many other related areas.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
KPML Development Environment – Multilingual linguistic resource development and sentence generation.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
Japan are actively developing the technology required to develop such weapons.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
This allow to define a developing map, the developing map ˆT → S .
Geometric structures on fields