growth (

     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"