Definition of "gestation" []

  • The period of development in the uterus from conception until birth; pregnancy. (noun)
  • The conception and development of a plan or an idea in the mind. (noun)
  • The development of the embryo of a viviparous mammal, between conception and birth: about 266 days in humans, 624 days in elephants, and 63 days in cats (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The development of an idea or plan in the mind (noun)
  • The period of such a development (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gestation" in a sentence
  • "This blog posting does not only link both to Frank's article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and to the comments facility the paper has set up, but also lists/links to all the previous Books, Inq. postings leading up to the article, so the gestation is archived in one place for any interested reader to track."
  • "MCCREADY: Well, during the first one the baby was still in I guess what they call gestation, so the doctor described it as it being an all or nothing effect that if the suicide attempt did have any effect on the child I would have lost the baby but I didn't."
  • "This edition of Frankenstein, in gestation for over fifteen years, provides the texts of both the"