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. [1913 Webster]

I look upon your city as the best place of improvement. --South. [1913 Webster]

Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties. --Blair. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I shall make some improvement of this doctrine. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

3. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved; as, the new edition is an improvement on the old. [1913 Webster]

The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others, are improvements on the Greek poet. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. Increase; growth; progress; advance. [1913 Webster]

There is a design of publishing the history of architecture, with its several improvements and decays. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Those vices which more particularly receive improvement by prosperity. --South. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

6. (Patent Laws) A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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