• WordNet 3.6
    • v discover get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally "I learned that she has two grown-up children","I see that you have been promoted"
    • v discover identify as in botany or biology, for example
    • v discover make a discovery "She found that he had lied to her","The story is false, so far as I can discover"
    • v discover make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold","The actress won't reveal how old she is","bring out the truth","he broke the news to her","unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
    • v discover make a discovery, make a new finding "Roentgen discovered X-rays","Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
    • v discover see for the first time; make a discovery "Who discovered the North Pole?"
    • v discover discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water","We found traces of lead in the paint"
    • v discover find unexpectedly "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb","she struck a goldmine","The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Buffalo discovered. Dakota Buffalo discovered. Dakota
"Josiah Allen's wife, Hatye has done real well, and I am glad that I discovered it." "Josiah Allen's wife, Hatye has done real well, and I am glad that I discovered it."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Neptune was the first planet in our solar system to be discovered by mathematics
    • Discover To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown). "Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover The several caskets to this noble prince.""Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.""We will discover ourselves unto them.""Discover not a secret to another."
    • v. i Discover To discover or show one's self. "This done, they discover .""Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world."
    • Discover To explore; to examine.
    • Discover To manifest without design; to show. "The youth discovered a taste for sculpture."
    • Discover To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect. "Some to discover islands far away."
    • Discover To uncover. "Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.
    • discover To uncover; lay open to view; disclose; make visible; hence, to show.
    • discover To exhibit; allow to be seen and known; act so as to manifest (unconsciously or unin-tentionally); betray: as, to discover a generous spirit; he discovered great confusion.
    • discover To make known by speech; tell; reveal.
    • discover To gain a sight of, especially for the first time or after a period of concealment; espy: as, land was discovered on the lee bow.
    • discover Hence To gain the first knowledgeof; find out, as something that was before entirely unknown, either to men in general, to the finder, or to persons concerned: as, Columbus discovered the new world; Newton discovered the law of gravitation; we often discover our mistakes when too late.
    • discover To explore; bring to light by examination.
    • discover To cause to cease to be a covering; make to be no longer a cover.
    • discover =Syn. 3.. To communicate, impart.
    • discover To descry, discern, behold.
    • discover Discover, invent, agree in signifying to find out; but we discover what already exists, though to us unknown; we invent what did not before exist: as, to discover the applicability of steam to the purposes of locomotion, and to invent, the machinery necessary to use steam for these ends. (See invention.) Some things are of so mixed a character that either word may be applied to them.
    • discover To uncover; unmask one's self.
    • discover To explore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three most recently discovered planets were Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930.
    • v.t Discover dis-kuv′ėr to uncover: to lay open or expose: to exhibit: to make known: to find out: to espy
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  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.”
  • Allan K. Chalmers
    Allan K. Chalmers
    “Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.”
  • Michael Allaby
    Michael Allaby
    “Ecology is rather like sex -- every new generation likes to think they were the first to discover it.”
  • James Baldwin
    “Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. découvrir,; des-,L. dis-,) + couvrir, to cover. See Cover
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descouvrir, des—L. dis, away, couvrir, to cover.


In literature:

It isn't every day that anybody can discover a new sea, you know.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
But they could discover no trace of you.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
But I was tired and hungry, and the sights and sounds of the city had muddled my brain so that I cared chiefly to discover Raoul's inn.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
The shock he had sustained in discovering his master made him so.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
They were hungry, and had the sense to know that the enemy they had discovered was, for some reason, unable to molest them.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It was the evening of the day when they had discovered the missing box car only to find that others had discovered it before them.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
It would have been about five o'clock of the morning when he entered Alban's room and discovered him to be still sleeping.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Has she ever discovered any way in which her hate may be gratified?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
In 1584 a similar patent was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh, under whose auspices was discovered the country south of Virginia.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
At an early age he discovered that his mother approved neither of the grand-father's stories, nor of her husband's absence.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson

In poetry:

And, puzzling out the weave of fate,
Events observer,
To live, feel, love and meditate
And to discover.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
They both began to rail at me,
And I then to discover
How hard the poet's lot may be
That sings to please a lover!
"A Song Of Lamentation" by Ethel Clifford
IV. And if by him, incautious rover,
As mine thou'rt known,
Each bosom secret thou'dst discover:
I'd guard my own.
"Le Souhait Dangereux" by Sydney Owenson
And madder still the squatter grew,
And madder still the lover;
When by-and-by a-missing too,
A stockman they discover.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
And at your door, you discovered me;
And at your heart, I sobbed ...
And if there be more of eternity
Let me be robbed.
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
"Thou, that art around and over
All we labour to discover;
Thou, to whom our world no more
Than a shell is on thy shore;
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Wall Street discovers income inequality.
I was at a birthday party for my friend Sean, a self-proclaimed magician since discovering he had a knack for guessing which card I pulled out of the pile.
The following photographs, courtesy of the San Diego Zoological Society, show the bonobo , one of the last large animals to be discovered, and one that shares 98 percent of our genetic profile.
When the police are slow to act, Hugo undertakes his own investigation, discovering a pattern of similar crimes against Max's community of booksellers , the bouquinistes, possibly linked to feuding drug gangs.
Misdemeanor charges are being filed against a former account clerk at the Nevada County Sheriff's office after $13,000 was discovered missing from jail funds.
Obama security booklet discovered in gutter in Australia's capital.
Glowing mushrooms, stalk-eyed bugs discovered in Borneo .
The clouded leopard, which makes its home on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo , was discovered to be a unique species.
The problem was discovered after an inmate went to the prison infirmary and reported having many of those symptoms, Vitek said.
The folks in Grand Forks, N.D. Have discovered dreams really do come true when production is driven by a persistent teen and a committed community.
A new case of Mad Cow is discovered in the United States.
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Antonio Restivo discovered his affinity for fire at age 8, when he accidentally burned down his best friend's back yard.
Discover ways to look your best for free with these tips from from BellaSugar.
The body of a woman was discovered Friday morning near an RV park just south of Briar near the northwest shore of Eagle Mountain Lake.

In science:

They discovered that the q -Gaussian distribution is the probability measure associated to an important family of orthogonal polynomials, the q -continuous Hermite polynomials.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
We reamrk that the last formula differs from (2.16) only by the trivial rescaling z → z · √1 − τ 2 . A special regime, called the regime of weak nonHermiticity, was discovered for the model (2.17) by Fyodorov, Khoruzhenko and Sommers in [FKS1], [FKS2].
Determinantal random point fields
It is unlikely that the Young Tableau Algorithm would have been discovered without this connection.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
However, soon a process that renders much larger magnetic moment was discovered (Dolginov & Mytrophanov 1976).
Physics of Grain Alignment
Suprathermal Paramagnetic Alignment: Purcel l Mechanism The next step was done by Purcell(1975, 1979), who discovered that grains can rotate much faster than were previously thought.
Physics of Grain Alignment