discovery

noun
dis·​cov·​ery | \ di-ˈskə-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce discovery (audio) \
plural discoveries

Definition of discovery

1a : the act or process of discovering the discovery of a lost city
b(1) archaic : disclosure
(2) obsolete : display
c obsolete : exploration
2 : something discovered
3 : the usually pretrial disclosure of pertinent facts or documents by one or both parties to a legal action or proceeding

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Examples of discovery in a Sentence

Scientists announced the discovery of a new species of plant. Her research led to a number of important discoveries about the disease. Reporters made the shocking discovery that the governor had been unfaithful to his wife. the discovery of pollution in the river the discovery of a talented musician sailors during the age of discovery It was one of the most important discoveries in the history of medicine.
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Further analysis led to a surprising discovery: One of the guns, a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, had been used in the infamous slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee about 1½ years before and just 11 blocks away. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Prosecutors say Tyshawn Lee was lured to his death by gang rivals of his father. Nearly four years later, two men are on trial for his execution-style killing.," 16 Sep. 2019 Farhad Yusef-Zadeh, a physicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a member of the international team of scientists behind the discovery, likened this region to a bustling metropolis. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Huge, mysterious 'bubbles' discovered at the heart of the Milky Way," 16 Sep. 2019 The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department announced the discovery, saying DNA testing would determine the identity of the body. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Final victim of California boat fire is recovered by divers," 11 Sep. 2019 The discovery, which is being touted as a milestone, could have major implications in the search for life outside the solar system. Fox News, "Water detected on potentially 'habitable' exoplanet for first time, scientists say," 11 Sep. 2019 At the time of the discovery, the agency had been under state and federal scrutiny for 18 months and was a full 2 1/2 years into its own internal audit. BostonGlobe.com, "Another attorney representing a trooper charged in the scandal expressed surprise at the State Police unearthing old documents.," 11 Sep. 2019 The discovery, seen by Associated Press journalists over the weekend, was the 16th mass grave found in Raqqa since IS militants were driven out in the summer of 2017. Washington Post, "Syria’s Raqqa still finding the dead, 2 years after IS fall," 11 Sep. 2019 Its working groups are focusing on three big areas—identifiers and discovery, storage and computation of data, and attestation and reputation—with an eye to developing use cases and standards. Don Tapscott, Quartz, "We’re living in an era of digital feudalism. Here’s how to take your data and identity back," 11 Sep. 2019 Launched in 1990, Hubble predates the discovery of the very first exoplanet by two years, but its age is no bar to its ongoing productivity. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why This Earth-Like Planet is a Big Step Forward in the Search for Life," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of discovery

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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discovery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discovery

: the act of finding or learning something for the first time : the act of discovering something
: something seen or learned for the first time : something discovered

discovery

noun
dis·​cov·​ery | \ di-ˈskəv-ə-rē How to pronounce discovery (audio) , -ˈskəv-rē\
plural discoveries

Kids Definition of discovery

1 : an act of finding out or learning of for the first time Experiments led to their discovery of the cure.
2 : something found or learned of for the first time a recent discovery

discovery

noun
dis·​cov·​ery
plural discoveries

Legal Definition of discovery

1 : the act or process of discovering
2 : something discovered applied for a patent for the discovery
3a : the methods used by parties to a civil or criminal action to obtain information held by the other party that is relevant to the action — see also deposition, interrogatory, request for production
b : the disclosure of information held by the opposing party in an action a party need not provide discovery of electronically stored information…not reasonably accessibleFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 26(b)(2)(B) — see also privilege, work product doctrine

Note: Discovery allowed under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 is far-reaching. With some exceptions, a party may obtain discovery of any relevant information as long as it is not privileged, including information that itself would not be admissible at trial but that is likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. Criminal discovery, however, has been more controversial. Under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16, a defendant may obtain discovery of his or her own written or recorded statements or confessions, results of examinations and tests, his or her recorded testimony before a grand jury, and testimony to be given by the prosecution's expert witnesses. A defendant may also inspect the prosecution's books, documents, photographs, objects, and other items of evidence. Under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 12.1, the prosecution must also disclose the names of witnesses that will be called to rebut the defendant's alibi defense. The defendant must also permit the prosecution to inspect books, documents, photographs, and objects and must disclose reports of examinations or tests and testimony of expert witnesses.

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