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Definition the period during which an embryo develops (about 9 months in humans)

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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

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