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improvement

EnglishEdit

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman emprouwement. See improve +‎ -ment.

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NounEdit

improvement (plural improvements)

  1. The act of improving; advancement or growth; promotion in desirable qualities; progress toward what is better; melioration; as, the improvement of the mind, of land, roads, etc.
    • Robert South
      I look upon your city as the best place of improvement.
    • Hugh Blair
      Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
    • 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70: 
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. [] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
  2. The act of making profitable use or application of anything, or the state of being profitably employed; a turning to good account; practical application, as of a doctrine, principle, or theory, stated in a discourse.
  3. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved; as, the new edition is an improvement on the old.
    • Joseph Addison
      The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others, are improvements on the Greek poet.
  4. Increase; growth; progress; advance.
    • Joseph Addison
      There is a design of publishing the history of architecture, with its several improvements and decays.
    • Robert South
      Those vices which more particularly receive improvement by prosperity.
  5. (plural): Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on premises.
  6. (Patent Laws): A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.

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