Time-bettering

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Time-bettering improving the state of things as time goes on
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Quotations

  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.”
  • Gary Comer
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    “Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself. Think one customer at a time and take care of each one the best way you can.”
  • Will Rogers
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    “Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
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    “Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.”
  • Leroy Jack Syrop
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    “There are times that when truth and kindness conflict one ought to chose kindness, especially when a little honesty is better than a lot.”
  • Henry Ford
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    “Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tíma; cf. Ice. tími; and Tide.

Usage

In literature:

It is better to cook only small quantities at a time in one kettle.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
In the mean time we'd better go down and have a talk with Osborne.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
He did not touch it except to mend the edges, thinking it better not to try to improve it by the work of another time.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
But we soon began stretching our riders and making better time.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
For I've found to-night what is a thousand times better!
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
My consolation is, that I may try to do better in time, if I may talk of time.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
A thousand times better.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
All these cheering signs of better times made Josef hopeful and grateful.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
It was not the first time that he had handled a British harp, by any means, but if he played well he sang better.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
Only another time you'd better see Mr. Robey and get permission to cut.
"Left Tackle Thayer" by Ralph Henry Barbour
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In poetry:

The promis'd years, the better times,
By God himself foretold,
Have dawned with their triumphal chimes,
On the sweet air unroll'd.
"The Millennium" by James Avis Bartley
So in the hush of this night-time,
When the better thoughts arise,
I turn from the past to the future
With a softer light in my eyes.
"Night In The Village" by Alexander Anderson
It had been better to have died,
Sole prey of death, and ended so;
Than to have dragged through endless time,
One long, unbroken trail of woe.
"To Mrs.----" by Frances Fuller Victor
I am old, so old, I can write a letter;
My birthday lessons are done;
The lambs play always, they know no better;
They are only one times one.
"Songs Of Seven (complete)" by Jean Ingelow
Still, at times, as place of death,
Not a sound to vex the ear,
Yet withal it is not drear;
Better for the heart to hear,
Far from men -- God's gentle breath.
"St. Mary's" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Such is this World with all her Pomp and Glory,
Such are the men whom worldly eyes admire:
Cut down by Time, and now become a Story,
That we might after better things aspire.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth

In news:

With leather trending for Fall, the timing couldn't be better.
The summer season is fast approaching and what better way to spend free time in the Tri-Cities than on the Columbia River.
And there is no better time than the holidays to give -- or receive -- the newest smartphones, computers or games.
Isn't it time to be faster, newer, better.
At least it's better than Hammer Films' last time at bat.
I think everyone would agree that in many ways, the agency is in stronger shape and is headed in a better direction than it was at this time last year.
What better time to discuss torture.
In the minor leagues, there were times they felt Harper had a better eye than the umpires calling his games did.
We were determined to have a better showing this year than last time, and we hoped to win against the El Paso Times team .
There are only 129 days left until Christmas, so what better time than now to fall into the annual Nativity Scene Trap.
They say timing is everything, and no one had better timing Friday night than Josh Thole .
This time of year, you're bombarded with the message that it's better to give than to receive.
Toiling Toward Better Times.
When it comes to the better-for-you food movement, chef Cary Neff was ahead of his time.
But trackballs have actually gotten better with time.
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In science:

For our purposes, it would be better to have the probability that a point is tan and that it is reached by time n.
Excited Random Walk
Better energy resolution is desirable, but is not essential for X-ray timing.
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
The present work increases 10 times the frequency for NGC5128 X-ray sources in globular clusters to 30%, allowing a better agreement among these galaxies.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
Fig. 1), once produced by the ribosome using the DNA (or better the mRNA) blueprint, in typical times which range from microseconds to seconds.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
While any fixed-genus Hodge integral can, in principle, be evaluated in finite time, a better structural understanding of the totality of these numbers remains an important challenge.
Random surfaces enumerating algebraic curves
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