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- The process of developing; growth
The development of this story has been slow.
The organism has reached a crucial stage in its development.
- Something which has developed
Our news team brings you the latest developments.
- A real estate development
- The application of new ideas to practical problems (cf. research)
Our development department has produced three new adhesives this year/
- (chess) The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it
White's development is good, but black's has been hampered by the pawn on e5.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
De*vel"op*ment (?), n. [Cf. F.
développement.] [Written also developement.]
1. The act of developing or disclosing that
which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is
developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic
plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive
changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed
A new development of imagination, taste, and
2. (Biol.) The series of changes which
animal and vegetable organisms undergo in their passage from the
embryonic state to maturity, from a lower to a higher state of
3. (Math.) (a) The act
or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of
equivalent value or meaning. (b) The
equivalent expression into which another has been
4. (mus.) The elaboration of a theme
or subject; the unfolding of a musical idea; the evolution of a whole
piece or movement from a leading theme or motive.
Development theory (Biol.), the
doctrine that animals and plants possess the power of passing by slow
and successive stages from a lower to a higher state of organization,
and that all the higher forms of life now in existence were thus
developed by uniform laws from lower forms, and are not the result of
special creative acts. See the Note under Darwinian.
Syn. -- Unfolding; disclosure; unraveling; evolution;
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
, the biological doctrine which ascribes an innate
expansive power to the organised universe, and affirms the deviation of
the most complex forms through intermediate links from the simplest,
without the intervention of special acts of creation. See
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