• WordNet 3.6
    • n innovation the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult","the foundation of a new scientific society"
    • n innovation a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
    • n innovation the creation of something in the mind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1966, Elliot Handler, one of the co-founders of Mattel, Inc. and part of the Barbie doll empire, was the inventor of Hot Wheels®. Handler experimented with axles and rotating wheels being attached to tiny model cars. The innovative gravity-powered car he developed had special low-friction styrene wheels. Hot Wheels® have been clocked at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour.
    • Innovation A change effected by innovating; a change in customs; something new, and contrary to established customs, manners, or rites. "The love of things ancient doth argue stayedness, but levity and lack of experience maketh apt unto innovations ."
    • Innovation (Bot) A newly formed shoot, or the annually produced addition to the stems of many mosses.
    • Innovation The act of innovating; introduction of something new, in customs, rites, commercial products, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n innovation The act of innovating; the introduction of new things or methods.
    • n innovation A novel change in practice or method; something new introduced into established arrangements of any kind; an unwonted or experimental variation.
    • n innovation In Scots law, the exchange, with the creditor's consent, of one obligation for another, so as to make the second obligation come in the place of the first, and be the only subsisting obligation against the debtor, both the original obligants remaining the same. Also called novation.
    • n innovation In botany, a newly formed shoot or extension of the stem: used especially with reference to the mosses, in which the new shoot becomes independent by the dying off behind of the parent axis.
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  • Winston Churchill
    “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
  • Hyman G. Rickover
    Hyman G. Rickover
    “Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “To innovate is not to reform.”
  • Eva Le Gallienne
    Eva Le Gallienne
    “Innovators are inevitably controversial.”
  • Watts Humprey
    Watts Humprey
    “INNOVATION is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. innovatio,; cf. F. innovation,


In literature:

The problem is complex and can be solved by no single measure of innovation or reform.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
D'you suppose, for one minute, I'm going to limit or delay this big innovation, because there's a working-class that may suffer?
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
A more serious innovation followed.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
A radical innovation may provoke a just and natural resistance.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
They feared they knew not what changes and innovations in their old easy-going if downward-tending ways.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
In one sense, we were innovators.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
It is really hard to mention these innovations on the old ways, so vast and so sudden, without degenerating into rhetoric or bombast.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
The fact was that the Council of Constance was a great innovator, and that Huss stood for the true catholicity of old.
"The Religious Spirit of the Slavs (1916)" by Nikolai Velimirovic
After all this, it is not very surprising that they make claim for the innovation of Pantomime.
"A History of Pantomime" by R. J. Broadbent
But the use of scenery was not the only innovation that carried the Restoration theatre far beyond its Elizabethan prototype.
"The Theory of the Theatre" by Clayton Hamilton

In poetry:

And here's the reason why:
The tea was simply DRY,
You might eat it, but to drink it was impossibilitee;
But, curious to state,
Men did not appreciate
This hum'rous innovation from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Jessica Kubzansky is best known in these parts as a Shakespeare director, thanks to her superb Hamlet and innovative Winter's Tale at Ojai's Theater 150.
Deep thought and reflection drives innovation and progression.
' The innovative and influential film has aged well.
Distillate, featuring artists from The Brew House Distillery Residency, showcases innovative works at Future Tenant from January 13 through February 4.
RIDGELAND — The Mississippi Technology Alliance will present the Capital Innovators Discovery Luncheon on Tuesday at the Ruth's Chris Steak House at the Renaissance in Ridgeland.
Hobe Sound TEDx conference will bring together innovative thinkers and doers.
Mahler IGS, a subsidiary of Innovative Gas Systems Inc, headquartered in Malvern, Pa.
Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger Part of a bulkhead near the former Innovation Fuels collapsed into the Passaic River.
Listen in as some of our city's most innovative thinkers discuss how to keep Chicago vital and vibrant in the 21st century.
Alabama should first build innovative industries based on the state's core strengths even before "chasing the flavor of the moment," The Huffington Post's executive business editor told Alabama entrepreneurs today.
The World's 26 Best Cities for Business, Life, and Innovation. Carnegie Mellon University Relaunches Successful Breakthrough Products Book as Blueprint for Innovation.
Innovative network video surveillance system enables remote monitoring for Air Cruisers.
And retailers are responding with expanding private label programs that go beyond price to include innovative new products and greater value.
We had the opportunity to attend the CEA Line Show NYC and got first hand look into the newsiest and innovative products and gadgets on the market today.

In science:

Let us consider the particular case where the sequence of innovations (εi )i∈Z is absolutely regular in the sense of Volkonskii & Rozanov (1959).
Central limit theorem for sampled sums of dependent random variables
An innovative method is proposed to generate configurations of coarse grained models for polymer melts.
Polymer chain generation for coarse-grained models using radical-like polymerization
The phenomenology of spin glasses is indeed very rich, and the development of theoretical models able to explain and reproduce it in full has been a ma jor challenge (and achievement) of statistical mechanics in the past thirty years, requiring the introduction of innovative concepts and techniques.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Although a deterministic field can be perfectly predicted from its past with respect to lexicographic order, it may still posses a non-zero innovation when prediction is based on samples in previous columns only.
The Rank of the Covariance Matrix of an Evanescent Field
We then say that the field {z (n, m)} has vertical column-to-column innovations if I (n, m) := z (n, m) − ˆz (n, m) (the innovation) is not 0, where ˆz (n, m) is the orthogonal pro jection of z (n, m) on the closed subspace generated by {z (k , l) : k < n, l ∈ Z}.
The Rank of the Covariance Matrix of an Evanescent Field