progressive

Definitions

  • Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns
    Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj progressive advancing in severity "progressive paralysis"
    • adj progressive favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)
    • adj progressive (of a card game or a dance) involving a series of sections for which the participants successively change place or relative position "progressive euchre","progressive tournaments"
    • adj progressive favoring or promoting progress "progressive schools"
    • adj progressive (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases
    • adj progressive gradually advancing in extent
    • n progressive a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
    • n progressive a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times every second, from the 1,800 thunderstorms in progress at any given moment.
    • Progressive Disposed toward adopting new methods in government or education, holding tolerant and liberal ideas, and generally favoring improvement in civic life; -- of towns and communities.
    • Progressive Favoring improvement, change, progress, or reform, especially in a political context; -- used of people. Contrasted with conservative.
    • Progressive Improving; as, art is in a progressive state.
    • Progressive Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; -- opposed to retrograde.
    • Progressive (U. S. History) Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The World Rubik Cube championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982. Nineteen National Champions took part. Minh Thai, the US Champion, won by solving the Cube in of 22.95 seconds. The world record, in competitive conditions, grew progressively lower and now stands at 16.5 seconds.
    • progressive Going forward; moving onward; advancing; making progress, in any sense: as, progressive motion or course.
    • progressive Favoring progress; using one's influence or directing one's efforts in the line of advancement or improvement: as, to be progressive in one's ideas about education; a progressive age.
    • progressive Indicative of progress.
    • progressive and a myopathic form, related to pseudohypertrophic paralysis.
    • n progressive One who is in favor of progress; one who promotes or commends reforms or changes: opposed to conservative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Progressive progressing or moving forward: advancing gradually: improving
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Quotations

  • Charles F. Kettering
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    “Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
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    “The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.”
  • James Freeman Clarke
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    “We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “Nothing recedes like progress.”
  • Madame Marie Curie
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    “I was taught that the way of progress I neither swift nor easy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. progressif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. progressusprogredi, to go forward—pro, forward, gradi, to go.

Usage

In literature:

In the United States this progress is still more striking.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
Is not the next step in scientific progress to be into the invisible and the unknown?
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
Attitude Toward Senator La Follette, the First Progressive.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
For Islam it meant the rule of dull-witted bigots under which enlightened progress was impossible.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
For instance, my Lord Bathurst might remember all the stages of the progress.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Religion and politics were mingled together, not soon to be separated in the progress of reform.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Taller had not become Khan of the most progressive nation on Texcoco by other than his own abilities.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Of their progress in science I will give some accounts hereafter.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
Ann Harriet, accepting Captain Dobbs's proffered arm, proceeded to the room where the arrangements for the dance were progressing.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
All building up of the youthful mind is itself service to human progress.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
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In poetry:

That Progress may at length descry
It lacks the clue to guide aright,
And, conscious of its blindness, cry
Unto the Muse, ``More light! More light!''
"Primacy Of Mind" by Alfred Austin
"Man's progress always alters tint,
As mountains move from rose to gray;
Yet like their shapes, love still doth stay
The same, complete,—'tis God's imprint.
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
ANNICCA.
Surely, I meant no harm.
Father, how quick you are! I had but asked
If she, being here, had seen the work progress,
And found it his true counterpart.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
"Great wisdom lived long years ago,
An' yet we say that we progress.
The paint an' tinsel of our show
Are men more generous, or kind?
Then where's your progress of the mind?"
"Old Bob Blair" by C J Dennis
This letter
Will show, that, in Thebais, discontents
Required thy Abulkassem's sabred hand,
Ere we could march. Since that, our progress, sultan,
My zeal has sped most anxiously.
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
—Say, why did heaven such active powers bestow,
Progressive still, and boundless in their aim?
Was it to grasp the paltry things below,
And waste in vain their never-dying flame?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

Walker Valley made great progress this football season.
Athletic field upgrade progresses in Collinsville (Ill.) district.
Athletic field upgrade progresses in Collinsville (Ill.) district.
PROGRESS REPORT A special Villager supplement.
A baseball game is shown in progress in the community of Treadwell around 1910-15 on Douglas Island.
State Gets Progress Reports On Jackson Laboratory And State Bioscience .
Daniel Joseph Martinez stands beside his text piece in progress at the Linda Pace Foundation.
Station Casinos of Las Vegas this week began the largest multisite progressive blackjack game in the nation, company officials said.
Upcoming events and progress on projects were the main topics of discussion.
The road conditions and progress by the Road and Bridge Department were discussed during Thursday's meeting.
After reading the commentary by Linda Terrell ("Changes at DHS threaten progress," July 4, Oklahoma Gazette), I located House Bill 2300 as passed and found disturbing issues that look like business as usual.
"Friends of Syria" must unite to stop Russia, China " blockading " progress.
California is known as a very progressive state in terms of animal rights.
Huskies' Isaiah Thomas blossoming as season progresses.
Symptoms generally begin in childhood and progress slowly.
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In science:

For higher values of K many progressively sharper bounds on c∗ K (assuming it exists) are established by now.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
Lemma 6.3 (Progressions lie inside proper progressions).
On the singularity probability of random Bernoulli matrices
Several experiments are in progress or planned and substantial experimental progress is possible.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
Little explicit progress has been made on the Schoen flies Con jecture for several decades, a time which has nonetheless seen rapid progress in our understanding of both 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
As discussed above, in the Zoll case, the eigenvalues lie in clusters of width N −1 around an arithmetic progression, so unless the intervals IN are centered along this progression there need not exist any eigenvalues in IN and the logarithm would equal −∞.
Real and complex zeros of Riemannian random waves
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