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
] [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
] [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
6: (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a
7: something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"