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discovery 1

Line breaks: dis|cov¦ery
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskʌv(ə)ri/

noun (plural discoveries)

[mass noun]
1The action or process of discovering or being discovered: the discovery of the body [count noun]: he made some startling discoveries
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  • Part of the wonder of this lace construction for us is the process of discovery involved in locating each figure.
  • He believes it happened through a gradual process of scientific discovery.
  • It was a little scary, too, because I knew that it would be an entirely new process of discovery.
finding out, learning, realization, recognition, detection, determination;
revelation, disclosure
informal aha moment
pioneering, introduction
1.1 [count noun] A person or thing discovered: the drug is not a new discovery
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  • For a reviewer for whom he is a recent discovery, that is excellent news.
  • So they patent their products, which have to be novel and cannot be simply a discovery - that is, simply a bit of nature.
  • I don't know if this is a new discovery, but I've never seen it elsewhere.
find, finding;
invention, breakthrough, innovation, advance, lucky strike
2 Law The compulsory disclosure, by one party to an action to another, of relevant testimony or documents.
Example sentences
  • A party has inherent right to be present at the examination for discovery of the opposite party.
  • The documents relating to this shipment were disclosed on discovery.
  • Once an action has commenced, discovery from the other parties is possible under the rules of court.


Mid 16th century: from discover, on the pattern of the pair recover, recovery.

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Discovery 2 Line breaks: Dis|cov¦ery
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskʌv(ə)ri/


A dessert apple of a variety with crisp flesh and bright red skin.
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  • Instead, opt for a locally grown Cox, Discovery or Bramley apple - or a Conference or Williams pear.
  • Macintosh Reds and Discoveries are good for flavour and the red skins will shine through the batter when cooked.
  • Discovery is one of the most popular English early apples.

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