Definitions of development

  1. act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful; "the development of Alaskan resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; "such land is practical for small park developments" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. The act of developing or disclosing that which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed state. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The series of changes which animal and vegetable organisms undergo in their passage from the embryonic state to maturity, from a lower to a higher state of organization. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The equivalent expression into which another has been developed. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The act of unfolding; growth; expansion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. A gradual unfolding: a gradual growth. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Gradual unfolding or growth; disclosure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A gradual unfolding and exhibition of something previously hidden or involved; gradual growth; the series of changes in the growth from first to last of an organized being; the process of bringing the features of a picture into distinction. Development of doctrine, the expansion of Christian truth which has developed side by side and in connection with the development of thought and life in church and world. Development theory, the theory which ascribes an innate expansive power to the organized universe, and traces the most complex forms by intermediate links from the simplest, without the intervention of special acts of creation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. An unfolding; an unravelling; disclosure. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. The changes undergone by an organism on reaching maturity. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for development

  1. For this reason, and because of the fundamental principles which have controlled the development of the text, it is believed that the book may perform a distinct service even in city schools. – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn
  2. In watching the development of the child's soul one has to be much more cautious than in attending to his body. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy