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Definitionthe period during which an embryo develops (about 9 months in humans)
the conception and development of an idea or plan
- Elephants have about a 21 month gestation.
- Rabbits have about a one month gestation.
- She has several projects in various states of gestation.
- The study found a greater risk of low bone density in adults born with a gestation period of less than 37 weeks.
- The building was two years in gestation.
- This is the gestation of the nineteenth century.Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
- I reach up, touch the gestating lump.Ellen Hopkins -- Glass
- And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?Ellen Hopkins -- Burned
- There was another demographic change, however, unforeseen and long-gestating, that did drastically reduce crime in the 1990s.Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner -- Freakonomics
- He had been born of a miraculous conception, after a gestation of twelve years; his body being that of a serpent, with human arms and the head of an ox.Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
- June When I was pregnant with Claire, I was told that I had gestational diabetes.Jodi Picoult -- Change of Heart
- Jenny was twenty-one weeks into the pregnancy, barely halfway through the forty-week gestation period.John Grogan -- Marley & Me
- Gestation was six months.John Ringo -- Live Free or Die
- "The gestation period lasts nine weeks, so you've got another two weeks.Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
- As a fat man, I walked with the foot soldiers so as not to jounce the gestation.Maxine Hong Kingston -- The Woman Warrior
- She had nearly died during his gestation and birth; his name was her thanksgiving.Tracy Kidder -- Strength in What Remains
- The new specialized city of specialized military men would mold a high-performing population that in traditional cities required generations to gestate.James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
- When we come to the phenomena of artistic conception, artistic gestation, and artistic reproduction I require a new terminology and a new personal experience.James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- I can't be regular and easy about it when I'm caught by a big experiment, any more than you could be regular and easy and polite when you were gestating the baby.Sinclair Lewis -- Arrowsmith
- I should like to be of use as a doctor or a farmer and at the same time to be gestating something lasting, something fundamental, to be writing some scientific paper or a literary work.Boris Pasternak -- Doctor Zhivago