The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Discover \Dis*cov"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discovered; p. pr.
& vb. n. Discovering.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren,
OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. d['e]couvrir; des- (L. dis-) +
couvrir to cover. See Cover.]
1. To uncover. [Obs.]
Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any
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). [Archaic]
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.
Discover not a secret to another. --Prov. xxv.
3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of
a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to
find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect. [WordNet sense
Some to discover islands far away. --Shak.
4. To manifest without design; to show.
The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. --C. J.
5. To explore; to examine. [Obs.]
Syn: To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest; reveal;
communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. --
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.