Noun Definition


1.Definition: (biology) 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"

Related Noun(s):growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

Category: General

2.Definition: (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated

Category: General

3.Definition: a district that has been developed to serve some purpose

"Such land is practical for small park developments"

Category: Places

4.Definition: a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)

"The development of his ideas took many years", "The evolution of Greek civilization", "The slow development of her skill as a writer"

Related Noun(s):evolution

Category: General

5.Definition: a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation

"Recent developments in Iraq", "What a revolting development!"

Category: General

6.Definition: a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)

"After he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter", "In chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"

Category: General

7.Definition: 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"

Category: General

8.Definition: processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible

"The development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"

Category: General

9.Definition: 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"

Related Noun(s):exploitation

Category: General