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)
5. To explore; to examine.
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.
Origin: oe. Discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. Descovrir, descouvrir, f. Decouvrir; des- (L. Dis-) _ couvrir to cover. See cover. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; I learned that she has two grown-up children; I see that you have been promoted.