Pres·er·va·tion n. The act or process of preserving, or keeping safe; the state of being preserved, or kept from injury, destruction, or decay; security; safety; as, preservation of life, fruit, game, etc.; a picture in good preservation.
Give us particulars of thy preservation. --Shak.
n 1: the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
2: the condition of being (well or ill) preserved
3: a process that saves organic substances from decay
4: an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or
injury or other change [syn: conservation]