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Dis*cov"er (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discovered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Discovering.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. d'ecouvrir; 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.

 

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Dis*cov"er, v. i.

To discover or show one's self.

[Obs.]

This done, they discover. Decke.

Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world. Milton.

 

© Webster 1913.