|n.||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 assets.|
|3.||Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood.|
|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 discovery.|
|Noun||1.||discovery - the act of discovering something|
|2.||discovery - something that is discovered|
|3.||discovery - a productive insight|
|4.||discovery - (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case|
DISCOVERY, intern. law. The act of finding an unknown country.
2. The nations of Europe adopted the principle, that the discovery of any part of America gave title to the government by whose subjects, or by whose authority it was made, against all European governments. This title was to be consummated by possession. 8 Wheat. 543.
DISCOVERY, practice, pleading. The act of disclosing or revealing by a defendant, in his answer to a bill filed against him in a court of equity. Vide Bill of Discovery; 8 Vin. Ab. 537; 8 Com. Dig: 515.apocalypse, ascertaining, baring, bonus, breakthrough, buried treasure, coinage, conception, detection, determining, development, disclosing, disclosure, discovering, espial, exploration, expose, exposition, exposure, find, finding, foundling, gravy, idea, innovation, introduction, invention, laying bare, leap, manifestation, neologism, new phase, novelty, origination, patefaction, recognition, removing the veil, revealing, revealment, revelation, showing up, showup, strike, stripping, treasure trove, trouvaille, trove, uncloaking, uncovering, unearthing, unfolding, unfoldment, unmasking, unveiling, unwrapping, waifs, waifs and strays, windfall, windfall money, windfall profit