discovery

[ dih-skuhv-uh-ree ]
/ dɪˈskʌv ə ri /

noun, plural dis·cov·er·ies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. discovered check,
  2. discoverer,
  3. discoverist,
  4. discovert,
  5. discoverture,
  6. discovery bay,
  7. discovery club,
  8. discovery day,
  9. discovery inlet,
  10. discovery method

Origin of discovery

First recorded in 1545–55; discover + -y3

Related formsnon·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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British Dictionary definitions for discovery

discovery

/ (dɪˈskʌvərɪ) /

noun plural -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 discovery

discovery

n.

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

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