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discovery (obs. or arch. uses are the foll.; the word does not appear before mid-16th cent.)
1. revelation, disclosure (of a secret) Wint. I. ii. 441, H5 II. ii. 162 “the of . . . treason,” Ham. II. ii. 312.
2. exploration, reconnoitring Tp. II. i. 251, Mac. V. iv. 7 “make Err in report of us,” Lr. V. i. 53.
3. bringing to view, showing Tim. V. i. 39 “a of the infinite flatteries” . . .; means of discovering Ven. 828 “the fair of her way (discoverer†).”
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