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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. 2015.
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  • We were away on a sketching expedition when I made my discovery.

    Mugby Junction Charles Dickens
  • The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This discovery of his illiteracy shocked and hurt her inexpressibly.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The discovery of Tillie's hiding-place interested but did not thrill him.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I was almost as pleased as I had been at the discovery of your negatives.

British Dictionary definitions for discovery


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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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