Dis*cov"er*y (?), n.; pl.
Discoveries (&?;). 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
In the clear discoveries of the next
3. Finding out or ascertaining something
previously unknown or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of
the circulation of the blood.
A brilliant career of discovery and
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 recognized; as, the
properties of the magnet were an important
5. Exploration; examination. [Obs.]