- the carrying and turning over of letters, goods, etc., to a designated recipient or recipients.
- a giving up or handing over; surrender.
- the utterance or enunciation of words.
- vocal and bodily behavior during the presentation of a speech: a speaker's fine delivery.
- the act or manner of giving or sending forth: the pitcher's fine delivery of the ball.
- the state of being delivered of or giving birth to a child; parturition.
- something delivered: The delivery is late today.
- Commerce. a shipment of goods from the seller to the buyer.
- Law. a formal act performed to make a transfer of property legally effective: a delivery of deed.
- Printing. Also called delivery end. the part of a printing press where the paper emerges in printed form.
- Archaic. release or rescue; liberation; deliverance.
Origin of delivery
- the act of delivering or distributing goods, mail, etc
- something that is delivered
- (as modifier)a delivery service
- the act of giving birth to a childshe had an easy delivery
- manner or style of utterance, esp in public speaking or recitationthe chairman had a clear delivery
- the act of giving or transferring or the state of being given or transferred
- the act of rescuing or state of being rescued; liberation
- the act or manner of bowling or throwing a ball
- the ball so delivereda fast delivery
- an actual or symbolic handing over of property, a deed, etc
- the discharge rate of a compressor or pump
- (in South Africa) the supply of basic services to communities deprived under apartheid
Word Origin and History for pre-delivery
early 15c., "action of handing over to another," from Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of fem. past participle of Old French délivrer (see deliver). Childbirth sense is attested from 1570s. Of speech, from 1580s. Of a blow, throw of a ball, etc., from 1702.
- The expulsion or extraction of a child and the fetal membranes through the birth canal into the external world.