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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discover  \Dis*cov"er\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Discovered};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Discovering}.]  [OE.  discoveren,  discuren,  descuren 
  OF  descovrir  descouvrir  F.  d['e]couvrir;  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.  --Shak. 
 
  Prosperity  doth  best  discover  vice;  but  adversity 
  doth  best  discover  virtue.  --Bacon. 
 
  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  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  manifest  without  design;  to  show 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discover  \Dis*cov"er\,  v.  i. 
  To  discover  or  show  one's  self  [Obs.] 
 
  This  done  they  discover.  --Decker. 
 
  Nor  was  this  the  first  time  that  they  discovered  to  be 
  followers  of  this  world.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discover 
  v  1:  discover  or  determine  the  existence,  presence,  or  fact  of 
  "She  detected  high  levels  of  lead  in  her  drinking 
  water";  "We  found  traces  of  lead  in  the  paint"  [syn:  {detect}, 
  {observe},  {find},  {notice}] 
  2:  get  to  know  or  become  aware  of  "I  learned  that  she  has  two 
  grown-up  children";  "I  see  that  you  have  been  promoted" 
  [syn:  {learn},  {hear},  {get  word},  {get  wind},  {pick  up}, 
  {find  out},  {get  a  line},  {see}] 
  3:  make  a  discovery,  make  a  new  finding;  "Roentgen  discovered 
  X-rays";  "Darwin  found  many  new  species  on  the  Galapagos 
  Islands"  [syn:  {find}] 
  4:  make  a  discovery;  "She  found  that  he  had  lied  to  her";  "The 
  story  is  false,  so  far  as  I  can  discover"  [syn:  {find}] 
  5:  find  unexpectedly:  "she  struck  a  goldmine"  [syn:  {strike},  {come 
  upon},  {light  upon},  {chance  upon},  {come  across},  {chance 
  on},  {happen  upon}] 
  6:  make  known  to  the  public  information  that  was  previously 
  known  only  to  a  few  people  or  that  was  meant  to  be  kept  a 
  secret;  "The  aution  house  would  not  disclose  the  price  at 
  which  the  van  Gogh  had  sold";  "The  actress  won't  reveal 
  how  old  she  is";  "bring  out  the  truth";  "he  broke  the  news 
  to  her"  [syn:  {disclose},  {let  on},  {bring  out},  {reveal}, 
  {expose},  {declare},  {divulge},  {impart},  {break},  {give 
  away},  {let  out}] 
  7:  see  for  the  first  time;  make  a  discovery;  "Who  discovered 
  the  North  Pole?" 
  8:  as  in  in  botany  or  biology,  for  example  [syn:  {identify},  {key}, 
  {key  out},  {distinguish},  {describe},  {name}] 




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