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1. The period of development in the uterus from conception until birth; pregnancy.
2. The conception and development of a plan or an idea in the mind.

[Late Latin gestātiō, gestātiōn-, from Latin, a carrying, from gestātus, past participle of gestāre, freqentative of gerere, to carry.]

ges′ta·to′ry (jĕs′tə-tôr′ē), ges·ta′tion·al adj.
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One way and another, Moravagine preoccupied Cendrars between 1907 and 1958, despite its being published in 1926, and Jean-Carlo Fluckiger opens the sequence with a meticulous and fascinating reconstruction of its intricate gestatory process, indicating those questions still to be answered.
Eric Hobsbawm suggests that just this sort of gestatory period occurred late in the nineteenth century, after the Industrial Revolution was in full swing and began to spawn technological and social standardizations.
Greenfield pounces on a note supplied by the California editors of Dryden, which cites Edward Topsell's History of the Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents, to buttress her contention that "the birth of the vipers is the result of a Mother Plot," a phrase Dryden introduces to "exonerate the father by emphasizing the gestatory danger of a certain kind of intensive maternal thinking" (283-84).