Definitions for: Growth


[n] the gradual beginning or coming forth; "figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece"
[n] vegetation that has grown; "a growth of trees"; "the only growth was some salt grass"
[n] something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"
[n] 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"
[n] a progression from simpler to more complex forms; "the growth of culture"
[n] a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
[n] (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)



Webster (1913) Definition: Growth, n. [Icel. gro?r, gr??i. See Grow.]
1. The process of growing; the gradual increase of an animal
or a vegetable body; the development from a seed, germ, or
root, to full size or maturity; increase in size, number,
frequency, strength, etc.; augmentation; advancement;
production; prevalence or influence; as, the growth of
trade; the growth of power; the growth of intemperance.
Idle weeds are fast in growth. --Shak.

2. That which has grown or is growing; anything produced;
product; consequence; effect; result.

Nature multiplies her fertile growth. --Milton.

Synonyms: development, emergence, growing, increase, increment, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny, outgrowth

Antonyms: decrease, decrement, nondevelopment

See Also: accretion, accumulation, amelogenesis, angiogenesis, anthesis, apposition, auxesis, beginning, biological process, blossoming, broadening, caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, cohesion, culture, cytogenesis, dentition, efflorescence, evolution, excrescence, exostosis, flora, florescence, flowering, foliation, fructification, gametogenesis, gastrulation, germination, hamartoma, illness, inflorescence, ingrowth, intussusception, juvenescence, kainogenesis, kenogenesis, leafing, life cycle, malady, masculinisation, masculinization, morphogenesis, multiplication, myelinisation, myelinization, neoplasm, neurogenesis, object, odontiasis, organic process, palingenesis, peduncle, physical object, polyp, polypus, population growth, process, proliferation, psychomotor development, psychosexual development, pullulation, recapitulation, relaxation, rise, rooting, sickness, sprouting, suppression, teething, teratogenesis, tumor, tumour, unwellness, vegetation, vegetation, virilisation, virilization, widening

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