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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of discovering.
  • n. Something discovered.
  • n. Law The compulsory disclosure of pertinent facts or documents to the opposing party in a civil action, usually before a trial begins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something discovered.
  • n. The discovering of new things.
  • n. A pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered.
  • n. Materials revealed to the opposing party during the pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing.
  • n. A making known; revelation; disclosure.
  • n. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized.
  • n. That which is discovered; a thing found out, or for the first time ascertained or recognized.
  • n. Exploration; examination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The act of disclosing to view.
  • The act of revealing; a making known; a declaration; disclosure: as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his estate and effects.
  • The act of gaining sight of; the act of espying: as, the discovery of land after a voyage.
  • The act of finding out or of bringing to knowledge what was unknown; first knowledge of anything.
  • That which is discovered, found out, or revealed; that which is first brought to light, seen, or known: as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery.
  • In the drama, the unraveling of a plot, or the manner of unfolding the plot or story of a comedy or tragedy.
  • In law, disclosure by a party to an action, at the instance of the other party, as of facts within his memory or of a document within his control.
  • Exploration.
  • Synonyms Discovery, Invention. See invention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a productive insight
  • n. something that is discovered
  • n. the act of discovering something
  • n. (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

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