|1.||a. the development of the embryo of a viviparous mammal, between conception and birth: about 266 days in humans, 624 days in elephants, and 63 days in cats|
|b. (as modifier): gestation period|
|2.||the development of an idea or plan in the mind|
|3.||the period of such a development|
|[C16: from Latin gestātiō a bearing, from gestāre to bear, frequentative of gerere to carry]|
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