Definition for DIS-COV'ER-Y


  1. The action of disclosing to view, or bringing to light; as, by the discovery of a plot, the public peace is preserved.
  2. Disclosure; a making known; as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his estate and effects.
  3. The action of finding something hidden; as, the discovery of lead or silver in the earth.
  4. The act of finding out, or coming to the knowledge of; as, the discovery of truth; the discovery of magnetism.
  5. The act of espying; first sight of; as, the discovery of America by Columbus, or of the Continent by Cabot.
  6. That which is discovered, found out or revealed; that which is first brought to light, seen or known. The properties of the magnet were an important discovery. Redemption from sin was a discovery beyond the power of human philosophy.
  7. In dramatic poetry, the unraveling of a plot, or the manner of unfolding the plot or fable of a comedy or tragedy.

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