1. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing; as, the discovery of a plot.

2. A making known; revelation; disclosure; as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his assets. "In the clear discoveries of the next [world]" (South)

3. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognised; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood. "A brilliant career of discovery and conquest." (Prescott) "We speak of the "invention" of printing, the discovery of America." (Trench)

4. That which is discovered; a thing found out, or for the first time ascertained or recognised; as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery.

5. Exploration; examination.

(01 Mar 1998)

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