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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The discovery was made by members of the family of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3. Fox News, "Abortion doctor's family finds remains of more than 2,200 fetuses at his home after his death: reports," 15 Sep. 2019 The discovery was made in the 12500 block of Milestone Center Drive, near a residential development east of Interstate 270. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Man’s body found Sunday in Germantown, Md., area, police say," 15 Sep. 2019 The discovery of five bodies, three adults and two children, was made on Monday after the one-year-old baby was found nearby. Sandi Sidhu, CNN, "Baby found crawling near bodies of five family members in Fiji," 30 Aug. 2019 The discovery was made with a new method of tracking infections both geographically and chronologically. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hidden Zika outbreak detected with new surveillance method developed by Scripps Research scientists," 22 Aug. 2019 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly quoted another source saying the U-166 discovery was made near the southeast Texas coast. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "See inside a sunken Nazi-era U-boat found in the Gulf of Mexico," 20 Aug. 2019 The discovery was made at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego, Calif., when the 37-year-old Mexican driver was flagged for a secondary inspection, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Julia Webster, Time, "Nearly 4 Tons of Marijuana Found Hidden in Jalapeño Peppers Seized in San Diego," 19 Aug. 2019 The discovery was made with the ANU SkyMapper and 2.3-meter telescopes at Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Really Old Star Corpse Found Inside Another Really Old Star," 5 Aug. 2019 The discovery was made in the Hell Creek Formation, a series of rock formations that cover parts of Montana and the Dakotas dating to the end of the Cretaceous Period about 66 million years ago. New York Times, "Triceratops Skull, 65 Million Years Old, Unearthed by College Student, 23," 26 July 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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