the act or process of seeing, finding, or gaining knowledge of something previously unknown, or an instance of this:The university is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields.Shortly after the discovery of the tomb, many people associated with the expedition died.
something found, found out, noticed, or realized:In 2009, archaeologists in Rome unearthed a startling discovery: the remains of an elaborate banquet hall built during the reign of Nero.
Law. the compulsory exchange or disclosure of information, evidence, documents, etc., in preparation for a lawsuit or trial:The plaintiff filed a motion to compel discovery, but the defendants argued that some of the information was exempt.
Discovery .U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
- non·dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural non·dis·cov·er·ies.
- pre·dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural pre·dis·cov·er·ies.
- re·dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural re·dis·cov·er·ies.
- self-dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural self·-dis·cov·er·ies.
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How to use discovery in a sentence
At other times, we’ve explored cutting-edge discoveries such as superconductivity in rotated sheets of graphene.
The upshot of these discoveries is that a tetrahedron must be scissors congruent to a cube to have a chance of tiling space.Undergraduates Hunt for Special Tetrahedra That Fit Together | Kevin Hartnett | February 9, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
Other parts of the world, such as Italy, have reported the discovery of covid-19 cases weeks or months before they were first reported in Wuhan in December 2019, the officials said.WHO team in Wuhan dismisses lab leak theory, continues hunt for intermediary coronavirus host | Gerry Shih | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Having been a home brewer for about a decade now, I really enjoy new discoveries.Make your own maple syrup without harming the trees | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | February 7, 2021 | Popular-Science
Our conversation about his dusty discoveries has been condensed and edited for clarity.
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
In fact, I wrote 212 pages of a novel called The discovery of Sex that was bought, and I pulled it.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination | Mindy Farabee | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The longtime pals—and co-stars of The Interview—stripped down and tried to survive on the discovery Channel reality series.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious | Marlow Stern | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rice had received this video in discovery during his criminal case, but it had not been aired publicly, as had the first video.
Much has been said about Stuxnet in the years since its discovery.
Henry Hudson sailed from Gravesend on his first voyage for the discovery of a northwest passage to India.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Its record is largely that of battles and sieges, of the brave adventure of discovery and the vexed slaughter of the nations.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Capt. Ross sailed from Shetland, on his first voyage for the discovery of the north-west passage.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
It was supposed by many on its discovery to grow like the engraving given—in form resembling a tree or shrub rather than an herb.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The adventure had surprisingly followed upon the discovery that Alicia had been quite wrong.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for discovery
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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