When you make a delivery, you bring something somewhere. A delivery can be in the form of something physical, as when you receive a delivery in the mail, or verbal, as in the delivery of a speech or address.

Delivery once could only mean "the action of handing something to another," but it has a long history of being applied in other ways. The idea of childbirth as being a delivery came about in the 1570's, while the term was applied to a punch in the 1580's, and to throwing a ball in 1702. A verbal delivery is the manner in which a speech is presented. As a comedian, you know the importance of a good delivery — timing the punchline just right.

Primary Meanings of delivery

the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
Full Definitions of delivery

n the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another

legal transfer, livery
the delivery of a principal into lawful custody
the delivery of personal property in trust by the bailor to the bailee
the surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another (usually under the provisions of a statute or treaty)
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conveyance, conveyance of title, conveyancing, conveying
act of transferring property title from one person to another

n the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)

“his reluctant delivery of bad news”
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delivery of supplies or equipment or personnel by dropping them by parachute from an aircraft
the delivery of goods for sale or disposal
handing over, passage
the act of passing something to another person
the delivery and collection of letters and packages
service, service of process, serving
the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
the act of passing something along from one person or group to another
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conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation
the act of moving something from one location to another

n recovery or preservation from loss or danger

deliverance, rescue, saving
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saving the lives of drowning persons
redemption, salvation
(theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
reclamation, reformation
rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation
search and rescue mission
a rescue mission to search for survivors and to rescue them
absolution, remission, remission of sin, remittal
the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
conversion, rebirth, spiritual rebirth
a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
atonement, expiation, propitiation
the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
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recovery, retrieval
the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)

n the event of giving birth

“she had a difficult delivery
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birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
the event of being born

n the act of delivering a child

obstetrical delivery
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breech birth, breech delivery, breech presentation
delivery of an infant whose feet or buttocks appear first
C-section, abdominal delivery, caesarean, caesarean delivery, caesarean section, caesarian, caesarian delivery, caesarian section, cesarean, cesarean delivery, cesarean section, cesarian, cesarian section
the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)
forceps delivery
delivery in which forceps are inserted through the vagina and used to grasp the head of the fetus and pull it through the birth canal; since the forceps can injure the fetus this procedure has generally given way to cesarean deliveries
assisting women at childbirth
frank breech, frank breech delivery
position of a fetus in which the buttocks are present at the maternal pelvic outlet
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act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

n (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

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an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
a pitch that is not in the strike zone
beanball, beaner
a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter's head
change-of-pace, change-of-pace ball, change-up, off-speed pitch
a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
bender, breaking ball, curve, curve ball
a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
a pitch thrown deliberately close to the batter
bullet, fastball, heater, hummer, smoke
(baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
knuckleball, knuckler
a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
overhand pitch
a baseball pitch in which the hand moves above the shoulder
passed ball
a pitch that the catcher should have caught but did not; allows a base runner to advance a base
a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
a pitch that curves downward rapidly as it approaches the plate
spitball, spitter
an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it
(baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders
submarine ball, submarine pitch
a pitch thrown sidearm instead of overhead
wild pitch
an errant pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance a base
a fastball that curves slightly away from the side from which it was thrown
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the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

n your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

manner of speaking, speech
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the manner of speaking to another individual
a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
a manner of speaking
a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
tone, tone of voice
the quality of a person's voice
an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
inflection, prosody
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
inflection, modulation
a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
sharp tongue
a bitter or critical manner of speaking
a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
rotundity, roundness
the fullness of a tone of voice
a quiet or hushed tone of voice
intonation, modulation, pitch contour
rise and fall of the voice pitch
a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
enjambement, enjambment
the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause
accent, emphasis, stress
the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
rhythm, speech rhythm
the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
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expressive style, style
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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