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Definitions of discovery

  1.   the act of discovering something
  2.   The action of discovering; disclosure; that which is discovered, found out, or revealed; the unravelling or manner of unfolding the plot or fable of a comedy or tragedy.
  3.   Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood.
  4.   Act of finding out: the thing discovered: revelation.
  5.   Exploration; examination.
  6.   A bringing to light or making known; the thing made known; the act of finding out; the thing found out or revealed.
  7.   A bringing to light, especially for the first time.
  8.   That which is discovered; a thing found out, or for the first time ascertained or recognized; as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery.
  9.   The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing; as, the discovery of a plot.
  10.   A formal investigation -- governed by court rules -- that is conducted before trial. Discovery allows one party to question other parties, and sometimes witnesses. It also allows one party to force the others to produce requested documents or other physical evidence. The most common types of discovery are interrogatories, consisting of written questions the other party must answer under penalty of perjury, and depositions, which involve an in- person session at which one party to a lawsuit has the opportunity to ask oral questions of the other party or her witnesses under oath while a written transcript is made by a court reporter. Other types of pretrial discovery consist of written requests to produce documents and requests for admissions, by which one party asks the other to admit or deny key facts in the case. One major purpose of discovery is to assess the strength or weakness of an opponent's case, with the idea of opening settlement talks. Another is to gather information to use at trial. Discovery is also present in criminal cases, in which by law the prosecutor must turn over to the defense any witness statements and any evidence that might tend to exonerate the defendant. Depending on the rules of the court, the defendant may also be obliged to share evidence with the prosecutor.
  11.   The act of discovering; disclosure; something discovered.
  12.   a productive insight
  13.   ( law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
  14.   A making known; revelation; disclosure; as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his assets.
  15.   something that is discovered
  16.   Act of finding out; something discovered.

Quotes of discovery

  1. If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster. – A. R. Ammons
  2. Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing. – Hannah Arendt
  3. This led to the discovery that long chain fatty acids would remarkably stabilize serum albumin to heat denaturation, and would even reverse the denaturation by heat or concentrated urea solutions. – Paul D. Boyer
  4. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. – Will Durant
  5. Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words. – Northrop Frye
  6. The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James
  7. Paleoanthropology is not a science that ends with the discovery of a bone. One has to have the original to work with. It is a life -long task. – Richard Leakey
  8. We are concerned that, in a few years time, this place of discovery with its wealth of human fossils, the like of which can be found nowhere else in the world, could be completely destroyed. – Richard Leakey
  9. A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does. – Robert Morgan
  10. As was to be expected, the discovery of the nervous apparatus of the salivary glands immediately impelled physiologists to seek a similar apparatus in other glands lying deeper in the digestive canal. – Ivan Pavlov
  11. The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
  12. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery – Samuel Smiles
  13. This joy of discovery is real, and it is one of our rewards. So too is the approval of our work by our peers. – Henry Taube
  14. The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. – Oprah Winfrey
  15. Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument. – Justin Winsor

Usage examples for discovery

  1. “ I also determined to keep my discovery a secret, at least for the present. ” – Zarlah the Martian by R. Norman Grisewood
  2. “ A noise in the next room had followed his cry at the discovery that his mother was awake. ” – Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
  3. “ " Oh, that's too bad," Tavia managed to say, although her joy at finding the spring made any regret at the method of its discovery quite out of the question. ” – Dorothy Dale at Glenwood School by Margaret Penrose
  4. “ " Now that I've joined you, I'd better mention a little discovery West and I made this afternoon," said George. ” – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  5. And so the young lady reconciled her conscience in the best way she could, stole out as often as she was able to meet him, and left discovery to take care of itself. ” – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  6. “ I made a pleasant discovery yesterday. ” – A Very Naughty Girl by L. T. Meade
  7. Again it was she who made the discovery – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  8. He was on the road to the discovery – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  9. Come Sir, the truth of your discovery – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  10. “ " There," he cried, as though he had suddenly made a great discovery – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  11. That he could have a secret from her, however, was the real discovery – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  12. “ I followed him, creeping back to the window, where we entered in time to avoid discovery by a wretch who had succeeded in mounting the wall, torch in hand. ” – The Maids of Paradise by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  13. What would I not have given to be able to look over her shoulder, without discovery – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  14. This, however, is a discovery which only those can make, of whom it is really true; and it takes them a long time to make it. ” – Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  15. But we are speaking of the discovery of New York. ” – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  16. This was his discovery and he was not even allowed to examine it. ” – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  17. Several hundred feet from the water they made an interesting discovery – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  18. It seemed impossible to get away without discovery – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  19. But he had not fled from Alan; he had fled from discovery of who he was. ” – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  20. She was one of those indispensables of whom one makes the discovery when they are gone, that one can get on quite as well without them. ” – Mortal Coils by Aldous Huxley

Rhymes for discovery