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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
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. 2016.
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  • The rediscovery, so-called, aroused much comment, and England declared the cloth the noblest monument of her history.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • Not least of these was the rediscovery of the Seven Mines of Siberia.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • Meanwhile Olivo gave the newcomer a circumstantial account of the rediscovery of Casanova.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • In other words, in all creation there is a rediscovery, just as in all discovery there is creation.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • And herein lies a remarkable factthis epoch-making discovery was after all but a rediscovery.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • The rediscovery of the Aristotelian biology is a modern thing.

British Dictionary definitions for rediscovery


noun (pl) -ies
the act, process, or an instance of discovering (something) again


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
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Word Origin and History for rediscovery

1747, from re- + 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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