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

  • n. The period of development in the uterus from conception until birth; pregnancy.
  • n. The conception and development of a plan or an idea in the mind.

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  • n. The period of time during which an infant animal or human physically develops inside the mother's body until it is born.
  • n. The process of development of a plan or idea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of wearing (clothes or ornaments).
  • n. The act of carrying young in the womb from conception to delivery; pregnancy.
  • n. Exercise in which one is borne or carried, as on horseback, or in a carriage, without the exertion of his own powers; passive exercise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bearing or carrying; exercise by being carried.
  • n. The act or condition of carrying young in the womb from conception to delivery; pregnancy.

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

  • n. the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)
  • n. the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
  • n. the conception and development of an idea or plan


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

Late Latin gestātiō, gestātiōn-, from Latin, a carrying, from gestātus, past participle of gestāre, freqentative of gerere, to carry.

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From Latin gestatio.


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