Dis*cov"er (?), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Discovered (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Discovering.] [OE. discoveren,
discuren, descuren, OF. descovrir,
descouvrir, F. découvrir; des- (L.
dis-) + couvrir to cover. See Cover.]
1. To uncover. [Obs.]
Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered
any church. Abp. Grindal.
2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make
visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret,
unseen, or unknown).
Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover
The several caskets to this noble prince.
Prosperity doth best discover vice; but
adversity doth best discover virtue.
We will discover ourselves unto
them. 1 Sam. xiv. 8.
Discover not a secret to another.
Prov. xxv. 9.
3. To obtain for the first time sight or
knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or
known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect.
Some to discover islands far away.
4. To manifest without design; to
The youth discovered a taste for
sculpture. C. J. Smith.
5. To explore; to examine. [Obs.]
Syn. -- To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest;
reveal; communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. -- To
Discover, Invent. We discover what existed
before, but remained unknown; we invent by forming
combinations which are either entirely new, or which attain their end
by means unknown before. Columbus discovered America; Newton
discovered the law of gravitation; Whitney invented the
cotton gin; Galileo invented the telescope.
Dis*cov"er, v. i. To discover or
show one's self. [Obs.]
This done, they discover.
Nor was this the first time that they
discovered to be followers of this world.