• WordNet 3.6
    • n discovery the act of discovering something
    • n discovery a productive insight
    • n discovery something that is discovered
    • n discovery (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
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Discovery. Dakota Discovery. Dakota
Genius of discovery Genius of discovery
Discovery of the Head of Summanus Discovery of the Head of Summanus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, the space shuttle Discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit
    • Discovery 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]."
    • Discovery Exploration; examination.
    • Discovery Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood. "A brilliant career of discovery and conquest.""We speak of the “invention” of printing, the discovery of America."
    • Discovery 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 .
    • Discovery The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing; as, the discovery of a plot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first series of commemorative stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service depicted Columbus's discovery of America. They were issued in 1893 and available in 16 denominations ranging from one cent to $5.
    • discovery The act of disclosing to view.
    • discovery The act of revealing; a making known; a declaration; disclosure: as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his estate and effects.
    • discovery The act of gaining sight of; the act of espying: as, the discovery of land after a voyage.
    • discovery The act of finding out or of bringing to knowledge what was unknown; first knowledge of anything.
    • discovery That which is discovered, found out, or revealed; that which is first brought to light, seen, or known: as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery.
    • discovery In the drama, the unraveling of a plot, or the manner of unfolding the plot or story of a comedy or tragedy.
    • discovery In law, disclosure by a party to an action, at the instance of the other party, as of facts within his memory or of a document within his control. It was formerly a distinguishing feature of the proceedings of a court of chancery or equity that it could compel the defendant to make discovery of all material facts and documents within his power, while in courts of common law compelling discovery has been introduced only by modern statutes.
    • discovery Exploration.
    • discovery Synonyms Discovery, Invention. See invention.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most widely accepted legend associated to the discovery of coffee is of the goatherder named Kaldi of Ethiopia. Around the year 800-850 A.D., Kaldi was amazed as he noticed his goats behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and berries of a coffee shrub.
    • Discovery the act of finding out: the thing discovered
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  • Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
    “Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.”
  • Madame Marie Curie
    Madame Marie Curie
    “I am one of those who think like Nobel, than humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.”
  • Sir Humphrey Davy
    Sir Humphrey Davy
    “The most important of my discoveries has been suggested to me by my failures.”
  • John Keats
    “Failure is in a sense the highway to success, as each discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.”
  • Henry Ford
    “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descouvrir, des—L. dis, away, couvrir, to cover.


In literature:

It is the date of the discovery of America.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
His Panama project had been imputed to his discovery that 'the Queen's love was beginning to decline.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The discovery of the loss sustained put a damper on the supper, and several of Diana's best dishes were hardly touched.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
A thrill of horror ran through my veins, as I contemplated the result of this discovery.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Now we come to his most brilliant, at least his most sensational, discovery.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
These discoveries were ill received by the followers of Aristotle.
"The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler" by David Brewster
To such community we can make no more claim than Americus could make to being the forerunner of Columbus who popularized his discoveries.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
In some such way as this I think the discovery must have been made by the ancestors of the Zunis, and others who have built pueblos.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
Adela, I am going to tell you the discovery that I made in my father's bedroom this morning.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White

In poetry:

O, where are you going, "Goodspeed" and "Discovery"?
With meek "Susan Constant" to make up the three?
We're going to settle the wilds of Virginia,
For gold and adventure we're crossing the sea.
"Southern Ships And Settlers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
And each party searched in a different way,
But to their regret at the end of the day;
Most unfortunately no discovery had been made,
Then they lost hope of finding him, and began to be afraid.
"The Tragic Death of the Rev. A.H. Mackonochie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Is all discovery made?
Is the hand of Conquest stayed?
Are all the heroes dead, all epics told?
Is Fame's grand tower no more
On any height or shore?
Is the bard's Excalibur worn thin and dull and old?
"Full-Fledged (Une barbe de jeune dieu)" by Maurice Thompson
I am afraid, this morning, of my face.
It looks at me
From the rear-view mirror, with the eyes I hate,
The smile I hate. Its plain, lined look
Of gray discovery
Repeats to me: "You're old." That's all, I'm old.
"Next Day" by Randall Jarrell
But who can number up his labours? who
His high discoveries sing? When but a few
Of the deep-studying race can stretch their minds
To what he knew—in fancy's lighter thought
How shall the muse then grasp the mighty theme?
"A Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton" by James Thomson
"GOD bless the man who first invented sleep!"
So Sancho Panza said, and so say I:
And bless him, also, that he didn't keep
His great discovery to himself; nor try
To make it—as the lucky fellow might—
A close monopoly by patent-right!
"Early Rising" by John Godfrey Saxe

In news:

Since 1975, however, additional discoveries of previously-unknown crocs have put Fruitachampsa in context.
Free maps are available at various locations including the Visitors Center in the Village and the Big Bear Discovery Center.
This is my outlet to share with you some of my discoveries.
Effective Drug Discovery Necessitates New Tools and Technologies that Can Get the Job Done.
In the subterranean municipal arteries of Sterling Heights, workers made a grizzly discovery Wednesday morning, but it wasn't remains left by a fictional serial killer.
For a young mind, the college years are a time of self-discovery and growth.
He also suggested a new common name, since his discovery of a familial relationship between this fish and the danios meant the trade name galaxy rasbora was misleading.
My experience centers on helping corporate law departments as well as law firms to develop e-discovery processing, hosting and data production solutions.
We focus on children's self-discovery, self-development, and self-realization.
I'd heard and read about the world-famous discovery many times.
Amazing Dead Sea Scrolls At NYC's Discovery Time Square.
The history surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls is the subject of an understated new exhibition at Discovery Times Square.
An Egyptologist has announced the discovery of 70 metal books in Jordan that he claims could be some of the oldest known Christian documents.
Patient plays for keeps on Discovery.
UNION CITY, Calif — Police in Union City are looking into the grisly discovery of a man who died shortly after he was found unconscious in a garbage bin.

In science:

This situation has changed with the re-discovery of shockexcited OH (1720 MHz) maser emission in SNRs (Frail, Goss & Slysh 1994).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Nowadays, in connection with the discovery of high temperature superconductivity (Bednorz, Muller, 1986, Nelson, 1987) the mechanism of stabilizing electron pairs by means of virtual phonons in the BCS theory evokes doubts.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
It is enough to say that its study resulted in a discovery of a few new solid state effects.
Physics of Grain Alignment
The first stage of alignment theory development started directly after the discovery of starlight polarization by Hiltner (1949) and Hall (1949).
Physics of Grain Alignment
As we pointed out earlier the Purcell’s discovery of fast internal dissipation resulted in a notion that J should always stay along the axis of maximal inertia as long as tdis ≪ tgas .
Physics of Grain Alignment