Definition for DIS-CO'VER

DIS-CO'VER, v.t. [Fr. decouvrir; de, for des or dis, and couvrir, to cover; Sp. descubrir; Port. descobrir; It. scoprire. See Cover.]

  1. Literally, to uncover; to remove a covering. – Is. xxii.
  2. To lay open to view; to disclose; to show; to make visible; to expose to view something before unseen or conceded. Go, draw aside the curtains and discover / The several caskets to this noble prince. – Shak. He discovereth deep things out of darkness. – Job xii. Law can discover sin, but not remove. – Milton. [In these passages, the word should be uncover.]
  3. To reveal; to make known. We will discover ourselves to them. – 1 Sam. xiv. Discover not a secret to another. – Prov. xxv.
  4. To espy; have the first sight of; as, a man at masthead discovered land. When we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand. – Acts xxi.
  5. To find out; to obtain the first knowledge of; to come to the knowledge of something sought or before unknown. Columbus discovered the variation of the magnetic needle. We often discover our mistakes, when too late to prevent their evil effects.
  6. To detect; as, we discovered the artifice; the thief, finding himself discovered, attempted to escape. Discover differs from invent. We discover what before existed, though to us unknown; we invent what did not before exist.

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