. To uncover; lay open to view; disclose; make visible; hence, to show.To exhibit; allow to be seen and known; act so as to manifest (unconsciously or unin-tentionally); betray: as, to discover a generous spirit; he discovered great confusion.To make known by speech; tell; reveal.To gain a sight of, especially for the first time or after a period of concealment; espy: as, land was discovered on the lee bow.Hence To gain the first knowledgeof; find out, as something that was before entirely unknown, either to men in general, to the finder, or to persons concerned: as, Columbus discovered the new world; Newton discovered the law of gravitation; we often discover our mistakes when too late.. To explore; bring to light by examination.. To cause to cease to be a covering; make to be no longer a cover.=Syn. 3.. To communicate, impart.To descry, discern, behold.Discover, invent, agree in signifying to find out; but we discover what already exists, though to us unknown; we invent what did not before exist: as, to discover the applicability of steam to the purposes of locomotion, and to invent, the machinery necessary to use steam for these ends. (See invention.) Some things are of so mixed a character that either word may be applied to them.To uncover; unmask one's self.To explore.