noun 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
noun 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
noun (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
ontogenesis; maturation; ontogeny; growth; growing.
he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children
noun a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
recent developments in Iraq
what a revolting development!
noun 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
noun a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
such land is practical for small park developments
noun 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
noun processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours
noun (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
Cf. F. développement.
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.
A new development of imagination, taste, and poetry.
(Biol.)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.
(Math.)(a)The act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning.(b)The equivalent expression into which another has been developed.
(mus.)The elaboration of a theme or subject; the unfolding of a musical idea; the evolution of a whole piece or movement from a leading theme or motive.Syn. -- Unfolding; disclosure; unraveling; evolution; elaboration; growth.