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[dih-skuhv-uh-ree] /dɪˈskʌv ə ri/
noun, plural discoveries.
the act or an instance of discovering.
something discovered.
Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
Origin of discovery
First recorded in 1545-55; discover + -y3
Related forms
nondiscovery, noun, plural nondiscoveries.
prediscovery, noun, plural prediscoveries.
rediscovery, noun, plural rediscoveries.
self-discovery, noun, plural self-discoveries. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But what would be the effect of the other discovery we have imagined?

  • There was no danger of discovery on his approach, for it was a wild night of wind and rain.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • But the discovery and punishment of the other guilty ones will.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The discovery of Tillie's hiding-place interested but did not thrill him.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for discovery


noun (pl) -eries
the act, process, or an instance of discovering
a person, place, or thing that has been discovered
(law) the compulsory disclosure by a party to an action of relevant documents in his possession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for discovery

1550s, "fact of discovering;" see discover + -y (1). Earlier in this sense was discovering (mid-14c.). Meaning "that which is discovered" is from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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