improvements

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Improvement \Im*prove"ment\, noun

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.

I look upon your city as the best place of improvement. --South.

Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties. --Blair.

2. The act of making profitable use or applicaton 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. "A good improvement of his reason." --S. Clarke.

I shall make some improvement of this doctrine. --Tillotson.

3. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved; as, the new edition is an improvement on the old.

The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others, are improvements on the Greek poet. --Addison.

4. Increase; growth; progress; advance.

There is a design of publishing the history of architecture, with its several improvements and decays. --Addison.

Those vices which more particularly receive improvement by prosperity. --South.

5. pl. Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on land or premises; as, to convey the land together with all improvements.

6. (Patent Laws) A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition. --Kent.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

improvement

noun

1: a change for the better; progress in development [syn: {improvement}, {betterment}, {advance}]

2: the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"

3: a condition superior to an earlier condition; "the new school represents a great improvement" [syn: {improvement}, {melioration}] [ant: {declination}, {decline}]


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