growth /ˈgroθ/ 名詞
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.
2. That which has grown or is growing; anything produced; product; consequence; effect; result.
Nature multiplies her fertile growth. --Milton.
n 1: (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; "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 longer or more numerous or
more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the
growth of population" [syn: increase, increment] [ant:
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"