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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.
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
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  • Possibly bronze and much more probably iron smelting were nomadic discoveries.
  • Countless printed pages record the travels and discoveries of two centuries.
  • In public health the discoveries of science have opened a new era.
  • None of your formulas have anything definite to show, whereas alchemy has its actual discoveries.
  • Unfortunately, his discoveries-relativity and quantum theory-contradict one another.
  • The government has unveiled plans to give the state the lion's share of the money from vast new oil discoveries.
  • discoveries of oil or other mineral deposits are hailed as offering a way out of poverty.
  • If all is as declared, these are the discoveries of the century.
  • Turning these sorts of laboratory discoveries into treatments is a long and tedious process that often fails.
  • The discoveries the two researchers describe appear to be small granaries, about three metres across and three high.
British Dictionary definitions for discoveries


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
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Word Origin and History for discoveries



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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