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.”
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.
n 1: the act of improving something; "their improvements
increased the value of the property"
2: a change for the better; progress in development [syn: betterment,
3: a condition superior to an earlier condition; "the new
school represents a great improvement" [syn: melioration]