• Glass wine bottles unearthed at Jamestown ranging in date from 1640 to 1690. Thousands of fragments of these bottles have been recovered
    Glass wine bottles unearthed at Jamestown ranging in date from 1640 to 1690. Thousands of fragments of these bottles have been recovered
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v recover get over an illness or shock "The patient is recuperating"
    • v recover regain a former condition after a financial loss "We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90","The company managed to recuperate"
    • v recover cover anew "recover a chair"
    • v recover reuse (materials from waste products)
    • v recover get or find back; recover the use of "She regained control of herself","She found her voice and replied quickly"
    • v recover regain or make up for "recuperate one's losses"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few objects recovered at Jamestown which were once used on 17th-century boats—reminders of a day when travel in Virginia was largely by water A few objects recovered at Jamestown which were once used on 17th-century boats—reminders of a day when travel in...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On August 21st, 1911, someone stole the Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world, from the Louvre Museum. It was recovered two years later
    • n Recover Recovery.
    • v. t Recover To cover again.
    • Recover (Law) To gain as a compensation; to obtain in return for injury or debt; as, to recover damages in trespass; to recover debt and costs in a suit at law; to obtain title to by judgement in a court of law; as, to recover lands in ejectment or common recovery; to gain by legal process; as, to recover judgement against a defendant.
    • Recover To gain by motion or effort; to obtain; to reach; to come to. "The forest is not three leagues off;
      If we recover that, we're sure enough."
      "Except he could recover one of the Cities of Refuge he was to die."
    • Recover To get or obtain again; to get renewed possession of; to win back; to regain. "David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away."
    • Recover To make good by reparation; to make up for; to retrieve; to repair the loss or injury of; as, to recover lost time. "Loss of catel may recovered be.""Even good men have many failings and lapses to lament and recover ."
    • Recover To make one's way; to come; to arrive. "With much ado the Christians recovered to Antioch."
    • Recover (Law) To obtain a judgement; to succeed in a lawsuit; as, the plaintiff has recovered in his suit.
    • Recover To overcome; to get the better of, -- as a state of mind or body. "I do hope to recover my late hurt.""When I had recovered a little my first surprise."
    • Recover To regain health after sickness; to grow well; to be restored or cured; hence, to regain a former state or condition after misfortune, alarm, etc.; -- often followed by of or from; as, to recover from a state of poverty; to recover from fright. "Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover of this disease."
    • Recover To rescue; to deliver. "That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him."
    • Recover To restore from sickness, faintness, or the like; to bring back to life or health; to cure; to heal. "The wine in my bottle will recover him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen in the nineteenth century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.
    • recover To cover again or anew. Sometimes written distinctively re-cover.
    • recover To regain; get or obtain again (after it has been lost).
    • recover To restore from sickness, faintness, or the like; cure; heal.
    • recover To repair the loss or injury of; retrieve; make up for: as, to recover lost time.
    • recover To rescue; save from danger.
    • recover To reach by some effort; get; gain; find; come to; return to.
    • recover To reconcile; reëstablish friendly relations with.
    • recover In law, to obtain by judgment in a court of law or by legal proceedings: as, to recover lands in ejectment; to recover damages for a wrong, or for a breach of contract. It does not necessarily imply the actual gain of satisfaction or possession, but ordinarily only the obtaining of judgment therefor.
    • recover In hunting, to start (a hare) from her cover or form.
    • recover To fetch; deal.
    • recover To restore to a previous state.
    • recover To recoup one's self.
    • recover Synonyms and To get back, repair, recruit, recuperate, reëstablish.
    • recover To regain health after sickness; grow well again: often followed by of or from.
    • recover To regain a former state or condition, as after misfortune or disturbance of mind: as, to recover from a state of poverty or depression. In this sense formerly and still sometimes used elliptically without from.
    • recover To come; arrive; make one's way.
    • recover To obtain a judgment at law; succeed in a lawsuit: as, the plaintiff has recovered in his suit.
    • n recover Recovery.
    • n recover In boating, the movement of the body by which a rower reaches forward from one stroke in preparation for the next: as, the bow oar is slow in the recover.
    • recover In manufacturing, to save; keep what had formerly been thrown away: as, to recover the by-products in a gas-plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: General Henry Heth (1825-1888) leading a confederate division in the Battle of Gettysburg, was hit in the head by a Union bullet, but his life was saved because he was wearing a hat two sizes too large, with newspaper folded inside the sweatband. The paper deflected the bullet, and the general, unconscious for 30 hours, recovered and lived another 25 years.
    • v.t Recover rē-kuv′ėr to cover again.
    • v.t Recover rē-kuv′ėr to get possession of again: to make up for: to retrieve: to cure: to revive: to bring back to any former state: to rescue: to obtain as compensation: to obtain for injury or debt: to reconcile
    • v.i Recover to regain health: to regain any former state:
    • n Recover recovery: the forward movement in rowing, after one stroke to take another
    • v.i Recover (law) to obtain a judgment
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  • Dean William R. Inge
    “How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive o all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.”
  • Henry Kissinger
    “For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.”
  • Steven Soderbergh
    Steven Soderbergh
    “Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. recoveren, OF. recovrer, F. recouvrer, from L. recuperare,; pref. re-, re + a word of unknown origin. Cf.Recuperate


In literature:

The tenderness of his wife and children recovered him; but alas!
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
He burst into tears: he was not long in recovering himself.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
She soonest recovering, makes an effort to restore him.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I am glad to see that you recover.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
That evening she was sufficiently recovered to accompany him on their usual fishing expedition.
"The Heir of Kilfinnan" by W.H.G. Kingston
In some rare instances he recovers, even though the invaginated portion of the gut has become strangulated.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The agent of Columbus had shipped four thousand pieces of gold, recently collected or recovered from Bobadilla, on board one of the caravels.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Kydd had completely recovered himself.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
And now that we're recovering our tone I daren't be left with such a houseful of men on my hands any longer.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
While you remain in this crowded and noisy hotel, you can never recover calmness enough to act with any good effect.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

They thought death was worth it, but I
Have a self to recover, a queen.
Is she dead, is she sleeping?
Where has she been,
With her lion-red body, her wings of glass?
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
Though I must yield her up to you, her lover,
I have had sweetness more than you can know,
The little great-eyed maid beyond recover,
And all her tender worship long ago.
"The Mother Gives Up Her Daughter" by Katharine Tynan
And Aladdin, dismayed to discover
That the lamp had been stolen away,
Bent all of his strength to recover
The treasure, and day after day,
He journeyed this way and that way;
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
Allow my head, that rings and echoes still
With your last kiss, to lie upon your breast,
Till it recover from the stormy thrill,—
And let me sleep a little, since you rest.
"Green" by Paul Verlaine
Our eies shall see thee, which before saw dust;
Dust blown by wit, till that they both were blinde:
Thou shalt recover all thy goods in kinde,
Who wert diseased by usurping lust:
"Love" by George Herbert
She who in secret yields her heart,
Again may claim it from her lover;
But she who plays the trifler's part,
Can ne'er her squander'd fame recover.
Then grant the boon for which I pray!
'Tis better lend than throw away.
"Epigram XI." by Robert Nugent

In news:

Colorado girl, 7, leaves hospital after recovering from "black death" bubonic plague.
A Colorado girl recovering from the Bubonic Plague and a new case of the hantavirus here in Texas.
CO Girl Recovering from Bubonic Plague.
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children says a 7-year-old girl recovering from bubonic plague has been discharged from the hospital.
Two-year-old Sable is now recovering from what may have been the worst morning of her life.
Sawed-off rifle recovered in deaths of 3 NYC businessmen .
Crab pots are lost, but then are recovered.
View full size Myles Ma/ Maureen Moran, general manager of the Paramus Crowne Plaza, said the hotel has recovered steadily since 2009.
Family says girl is recovering.
Chicago Police arrested 300 people in a targeted drug operation in which several guns were recovered.
Maples recovered a bad snap in the end zone, avoided tackles and scampered for a first down on the play.
Battle Creek 2-year-old injured in weekend dirt bike crash in Albion recovering.
There may be some privacy issues here, such as how quickly recovered phones get purged from the database, and how the carriers will verify that a phone is indeed stolen.
Callaway County farmers affected by the heavy rains and flooding this spring and summer now will have the ability to seek government assistance in recovering from those losses.
Awesomemundo recovered from a poor start and gamely outdueled.

In science:

It could simply be that the expected scaling behavior is only recovered for much large volumes in instanton simulations.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
Whereas, as m −→ 0, Df (m) −→ 1, that is we recover the full set (pure fragmentation) that describes a line.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
We thereby recover the expression relating the moment γK to the determinant (13).
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
Then given the local solution (u, θ)(x, t) the pressure is recovered as in Remark 2.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
When Vω → 0, |ω+i tends to |ω i and therefore the discrete eigenvector |1i is not recovered. E.C.G.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions