• WordNet 3.6
    • n betterment the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
    • n betterment a change for the better; progress in development
    • n betterment an improvement that adds to the value of a property or facility
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Had You not Better Throw me into the Millstream?" "Had You not Better Throw me into the Millstream?"
You Better Call It a Draw 147 You Better Call It a Draw 147
You better take a fresh middle You better take a fresh middle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
    • Betterment A making better; amendment; improvement.
    • Betterment (Law) An improvement of an estate which renders it better than mere repairing would do; -- generally used in the plural.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed individuals
    • n betterment A making better; improvement.
    • n betterment In American law, an improvement of real property which adds to its value otherwise than by mere repairs: generally used in the plural.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.”
  • William Penn
    “It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.”
  • Brigham Young
    “Never let a day pass that you will have cause to say, I will do better tomorrow.”
  • Joel E. Ross
    Joel E. Ross
    “Don't hide your strategy under a bushel. Communicate it throughout your company. It's better today to disclose too much than too little.”
  • Dorothy Hamill
    Dorothy Hamill
    “Every time you go out on the ice, there are slight flaws. You can always think of something you should have done better. These are the things you must work on.”
  • William Saroyan
    William Saroyan
    “Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.”


Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
Better half - Your better half is your husband or wife.
Better late than never - This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
Better safe than sorry - This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
Better than a kick in the teeth - If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Better than a stick in the eye - If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Better the devil you know - This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
Discretion is the better part of valour - This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.
Half a loaf is better than no bread - It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.
If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.
Make a better fist - If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
Seen better days - If something's seen better days, it has aged badly and visibly compared to when it was new. The phrase can also be used to describe people.
Two heads are better than one - When two people work together more things get accomplished.


In literature:

If I had practised the art of reading your letters all my life, I couldn't do it better.
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Short and frequent rests are much better than long stops, which have a tendency to stiffen the muscles.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
You will be better clothed, better fed, and better men.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Then we came on by a night and day's diligence through a warm air, which made me better and better.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Fewer articles, better observed, will better promote our common interests.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The danger is that I should love your children better, far better than Maude's.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
It would be better for me to get right out of it.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
You had better get tea at once.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
She said to herself that her mother was better, that the doctor had given her something to help her.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I never wish to see forty better gentlemen than we had here last night.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon

In poetry:

Not, certainly, the obscure reveries
Of the inward gaze;
Better mendacities
Than the classics in paraphrase!
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
Jesus is better than any toys
For little sinning girls and boys,
For Jesus saves, but sin destroys.
"A Christmas Colloquy" by John Crowe Ransom
“Never saw I fair maiden
Seam worse the linen fine,
Never saw I noble maiden
Who better drank the wine.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
Now better were the silence,
The peace divine and deep,
In dream and tranced vision
Upon thy breast to sleep!
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
O cease your wrangling, cease, my dears;
You would not wake a mother's fears
Thus, if you better knew.
"Discontent And Quarrelling" by Charles Lamb
Better to smell the violet
Than sip the glowing wine;
Better to hearken to a brook
Than watch a diamond shine.
"Better Things" by George MacDonald

In news:

And what better time to celebrate things that go bump in the night better than.
They wanted to thank their media queen for exposing societal injustices, helping us to understand each other better and making the world a better place.
Say what you will about Hollywood and the TV industry, they just keep getting better and better at recycling.
Cowboys do enough to win, but barely : 'We need to get better and get better quick'.
Jennifer Adams, a go-to design expert on Better Homes & Gardens' "The Better Show," has launched a line of "buttery-soft luxurious bedding .
A recent survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council to learn about couples' sleep habits and problems shows that 26 percent of US couples get a better night's sleep when they're alone in bed versus sleeping with their partner.
Long before the barefoot-running craze, DANNY ABSHIRE was promoting a better way to run--and building a better shoe to run in.
Smokey Bones Gives Gameday Fans Better Food, Better Football – and a Chance to Win a Trip to The Big Game .
Smokey Bones Gives Gameday Fans Better Food, Better Football – and a Chance to Win a Trip to The Big Game.
Eastwood and his colleagues hope a better definition could lead to a better understanding of boredom, and eventually help along the development of strategies to ease the bored masses.
Better yields, better varieties, more food.
Women are becoming better and better educated and earning more and more money—which can be problematic for people invested in the idea that women are always behind.
As the good and bad NFL teams continue to separate themselves, the " Madden 13" simulation engine is getting better and better.
All of them promise their clients better health and a better life by getting up close and personal with their DNA.
With the rapidly rising gas prices electric cars are looking better and better to many people.

In science:

Smaller δK means better orthogonality, and therefore a better discrimination capability of atoms.
Sparse Random Approximation and Lossy Compression
The improvements in the optical system we see in the increase of the light output from fibre notches by a factor up to five by better optical coupling LED – fibre, more powerful UV LEDs and better homogeneity of the emitted light from notches.
Calibration prototype for the EUDET HCAL
We also note that phT performs better (though not statistically signi(cid:12)cantly better) than phKT.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
This method seems to work better for the closer trigger positions and larger number of photoelectrons where the Poisson distribution is more similar to a Gaussian distribution such that the Moyal fit is a better approximation.
A 1 mm Scintillating Fibre Tracker Readout by a Multi-anode Photomultiplier
The fourth says that if x has a better (or equal) reward than y for any event, then x is better (or equal) than y .
Axioms for Rational Reinforcement Learning