Hypertext Webster Gateway: "growth"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Growth \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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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" [syn: {growing}, {maturation},
{development}, {ontogeny}, {ontogenesis}] [ant: {nondevelopment}]
2: a progression from simpler to more complex forms; "the
growth of culture"
3: a process of becoming larger or more numerous or more
important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of
population" [syn: {increase}, {increment}] [ant: {decrease},
4: vegetation that has grown; "a growth of trees"; "the only
growth was some salt grass"
5: the gradual beginning or coming forth; "figurines presage
the emergence of sculpture in Greece" [syn: {emergence}, {outgrowth}]
6: (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a
7: something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"

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