Noun: development di've-lup-munt
- Act of improving by expanding, enlarging or refining
"he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development"
- 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 slow development of her skill as a writer";
- (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";
- growth, growing, maturation, ontogeny, ontogenesis
- A recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
"recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"
- The act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
"the development of Alaskan resources";
- A district that has been developed to serve some purpose
"such land is practical for small park developments"
- (chess) 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"
- Processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
"the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours";
- (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
Derived forms: developments
Type of: alteration, biological process, change, district, dominion, employment, exercise, improvement, melioration, modification, organic process, physical process, process, processing, section, subdivision, territorial dominion, territory, usage, use, utilisation [Brit], utilization
Encyclopedia: Development, testing, acceptance and production