Definitions for gestation

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gestation, gestation period(noun)

    the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)

  2. pregnancy, gestation, maternity(noun)

    the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

  3. gestation(noun)

    the conception and development of an idea or plan


  1. gestation(Noun)

    The period of time during which an infant animal or human physically develops inside the mother's body until it is born.

  2. gestation(Noun)

    The process of development of a plan or idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gestation(noun)

    the act of wearing (clothes or ornaments)

  2. Gestation(noun)

    the act of carrying young in the womb from conception to delivery; pregnancy

  3. Gestation(noun)

    exercise in which one is borne or carried, as on horseback, or in a carriage, without the exertion of his own powers; passive exercise

  4. Origin: [L. gestatio a bearing, carrying, fr. gestare to bear, carry, intens. fr. gerere, gestum, to bear: cf. F. gestation. See Gest deed, Jest.]


  1. Gestation

    Gestation is the carrying of an embryo or fetus inside female viviparous animals, including mammals, as well as some non-mammalian species. Mammals during pregnancy can have one or more gestations at the same time. The time interval of a gestation is called the gestation period. In human obstetrics, gestational age refers to the embryonic or fetal age plus two weeks. This is approximately the duration since the woman's last menstrual period began.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gestation

    jes-tā′shun, n. the act of carrying the young in the womb, pregnancy.—adjs. Ges′tant, laden; Ges′tatory, pertaining to gestation. [Fr.,—L. gestation-emgestāre, -ātum, to carry—gerĕre, to bear.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gestation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gestation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sue Tygielski:

    I could n’t imagine a baby, and here she is. Time just flew by. The gestation is almost two years. But she was her like lightning.

  2. Paul Shapiro:

    This bill applied only to gestation crates, meaning there are no piglets to be kept separate from their mothers, since they're all in utero.

  3. Jacques Martin Barzun:

    In producers, loafing is productive and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation.

  4. Paul Shapiro:

    It's stunning that the governor of Iowa is so unfamiliar with pig farming that he doesn't know the difference between gestation crates and farrowing crates, this bill applied only to gestation crates, meaning there are no piglets to be kept separate from their mothers, since they're all in utero.

  5. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist's life, in understanding and in creating. There is no measuring in time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confidence in the storms of spring without fear that after them may come no summer.”

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  • kehittely, raskausaikaFinnish
  • drektighetNorwegian
  • draagtijd, zwangerschapstijd, drachttijd, gestatieDutch
  • svangerskap, graviditetNorwegian
  • созревание, вынашиваниеRussian

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