Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of growing.
  • n. Full development; maturity.
  • n. Development from a lower or simpler to a higher or more complex form; evolution.
  • n. An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength; extension or expansion: population growth.
  • n. Something that grows or has grown: a new growth of grass.
  • n. Pathology An abnormal mass of tissue, such as a tumor, growing in or on a living organism.
  • n. A result of growth; a product: concerns that are a growth of the new responsibilities.
  • adj. Expected to have or investing in businesses expected to have higher-than-average increases in revenues and returns: a growth stock; a growth fund.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an increase in size, number, value, or strength
  • n. the act of growing, getting bigger or higher
  • n. something that grows or has grown
  • n. an abnormal mass such as a tumor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of growing; gradual natural increase, as of an animal or vegetable body; specifically, the process of developing from a germ, seed, or root to maturity.
  • n. Increase in any way, as in bulk, extent, number, strength, value, etc.; development; advancement; extension.
  • n. That which has grown; anything produced; a product.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the gradual beginning or coming forth
  • n. (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)
  • n. something grown or growing
  • n. vegetation that has grown
  • n. a progression from simpler to more complex forms
  • n. (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
  • n. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

Etymologies

From grow +‎ -th. Compare North Frisian greyde ("growth, pasture"), Danish grøde ("fruits"), Swedish gröda ("crop, harvest"). More at grow. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First principle: _the annual crop is borne only on canes of the same year's growth, springing from wood of the previous season's growth_.

    Home Vegetable Gardening — a Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing for Home Use

  • If we compare the formula for organic growth _y = = e__kt_, with the formula “_P R__T_,” we see that they are of the same type and the _law of organic growth_ applies to the human _time-binding energy_.

    Manhood of Humanity.

  • As, with reference to the growth of every grace of the Spirit, it is of the utmost importance that we seek to maintain an upright heart and a good conscience, and, therefore, do not knowingly and habitually indulge in those things which are contrary to the mind of God, so it is also particularly the case with reference to the _growth in faith_.

    The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller

  • _The growth of the wide gap_, is some-what irregular; but he means, the _growth_, or progression of the time which filled up the _gap_ of the story between Perdita's birth and her sixteenth year.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • Many recent papers still quote the 2002 figure, but assuming 17% growth during 1994-2001, 25% growth* between 2002-2010 would mean:

    Asian Correspondent: Bangkok Pundit

  • 2, As with reference to the growth of every grace of the Spirit, it is of the utmost importance that we seek to maintain an upright heart and a good conscience, and, therefore, do not knowingly and habitually indulge in those things which are contrary to the mind of God, so it is also particularly the case with reference to the _growth in faith_.

    Answers to Prayer From George Müller's Narratives

  • He prefers the term "growth markets" for them, a name that may help investors "to understand the scale of the opportunity here, and for policy makers to grasp what is changing in the world."

    NYT > Home Page

  • "Nixon came up with the phrase 'growth recession': even when things are not falling, it's not going to feel good."

    So what do we do now, chancellor?

  • A cut in growth is NOT AN [EXPLETIVE DELETED] CUT!

    Thank You

  • As a little microscopic egg becomes in time a full-grown, living, breathing, loving animal by the operation of natural laws which we term growth, so has the universe, with its denizens, become what it is by the workings of Natural Law.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

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