|1.||[ adjective ] increasing in size or degree or amount|
"her growing popularity" "growing evidence of a world depression" "a growing city" "growing businesses"
|2.||[ noun ] (biology) 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|
|Synonyms:||development growth maturation ontogenesis ontogeny|
"he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
|Related terms:||nondevelopment organic_process proliferation rooting blossoming culture cohesion fructification auxesis cenogenesis gametogenesis germination spermatogenesis intussusception infructescence suppression amelogenesis life_cycle foliation angiogenesis apposition juvenescence psychomotor_development morphogenesis myelinisation neurogenesis psychosexual_development masculinization dentition teratogenesis oogenesis cytogenesis palingenesis vegetation gastrulation isometry biology grow grow mature age|
|3.||[ adjective ] having or showing vigorous vegetal or animal life|
"flourishing crops" "flourishing chicks" "a growing boy" "fast-growing weeds" "a thriving deer population"
|4.||[ noun ] (electronics) the production of (semiconductor) crystals by slow crystallization from the molten state|
|Related terms:||production epitaxy electronics|
|5.||[ adjective ] relating to or suitable for growth|
"the growing season for corn" "good growing weather"