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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Improvement  \Im*prove"ment\,  n. 
  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  premises. 
 
  6.  (Patent  Laws)  A  useful  addition  to  or  modification  of  a 
  machine,  manufacture,  or  composition.  --Kent. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  improvement 
  n  1:  a  change  for  the  better;  progress  in  development  [syn:  {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"  [ant:  {decline}] 




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