Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "gestation":

  1. Man is subject like other mammals, birds, and even insects, to that mysterious law, which causes certain normal processes, such as gestation, as well as the maturation and duration of various diseases, to follow lunar periods. - "The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)", Charles Darwin.
  2. She was exhausted by gestation; she lived in a world distorted. - "The Roll-Call", Arnold Bennett.
  3. Can the decay of these forgotten phenomena of modern fiction, so lavishly crowned with laurels manufactured in the offices of their own publishers, have anything to do with the hectic rapidity of their growth, and may there be some truth in the supposition that the novels, and books generally, that live longest are those that took the longest to write, or, at all events underwent the longest periods of gestation? - "Vanishing Roads and Other Essays", Richard Le Gallienne.