discovery

The noun discovery means the finding or uncovering of something. The discovery of a body is usually an important plot point in a mystery novel.

The process of finding, realizing, or unearthing something is discovery, like your discovery of a live lizard in the birthday box your aunt mailed from Arizona. The lizard is also a discovery — the thing that is found. In law, discovery means the obligation to reveal any relevant documents to the opposing party in a legal case. The Latin root, discooperire, basically translates as "the opposite of covering something up."

Definitions of discovery
  1. noun
    the act of discovering something
    synonyms: find, uncovering
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    tracing
    the discovery and description of the course of development of something
    catching, detection, espial, spotting, spying
    the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
    self-discovery
    discovering your own individuality
    breakthrough
    making an important discovery
    determination, finding
    the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
    rediscovery
    the act of discovering again
    designation, identification
    the act of designating or identifying something
    resolution, solving
    finding a solution to a problem
    proof, substantiation, validation
    the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something
    disproof, falsification, falsifying, refutal, refutation
    the act of determining that something is false
    fix, localisation, localization, locating, location
    a determination of the place where something is
    predetermination
    the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place
    rectification
    determination of the length of a curve; finding a straight line equal in length to a given curve
    redetermination
    determining again
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  2. noun
    something that is discovered
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    disclosure, revealing, revelation
    the speech act of making something evident
  3. noun
    a productive insight
    synonyms: breakthrough, find
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    brainstorm, brainwave, insight
    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  4. noun
    (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
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    disclosure, revealing, revelation
    the speech act of making something evident
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