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noun, plural dis·cov·er·ies.
  1. the act or an instance of discovering.
  2. something discovered.
  3. Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
  4. (initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
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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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Examples from the Web for rediscovery

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Historical Examples

  • The rediscovery of the Aristotelian biology is a modern thing.

  • We may mark four stages in the rediscovery of Greek sculpture.

  • Not least of these was the rediscovery of the Seven Mines of Siberia.

    Panther Eye

    Roy J. Snell

  • In other words, in all creation there is a rediscovery, just as in all discovery there is creation.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • It may be the response to a rediscovery of ancient beauty, as in the Renaissance.

British Dictionary definitions for rediscovery


noun plural -ies
  1. the act, process, or an instance of discovering (something) again
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noun plural -eries
  1. the act, process, or an instance of discovering
  2. a person, place, or thing that has been discovered
  3. 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.

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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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