• WordNet 3.6
    • n improver a component that is added to something to improve it "the addition of a bathroom was a major improvement","the addition of cinnamon improved the flavor"
    • n improver someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies indicate that surgeons who listen to music while they operate improve in their performance
    • n Improver One who, or that which, improves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ZIP in "ZIP code" means Zoning Improvement Plan.
    • n improver One who or that which improves.
    • n improver One who labors at a trade for the purpose of increasing his knowledge or skill, and who accepts the opportunity of improvement as compensation in whole or in part for services rendered.
    • n improver A pad or cushion worn by women with the object of improving the figure or the hang of a dress; a bustle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ZIP in zip code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."
    • Improver one who improves: a pad worn by women to make the dress hang properly
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.”
  • Andrew Grove
    Andrew Grove
    “Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
  • James A. Froude
    “Human improvement is from within outward.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of approve.


In literature:

As teachers improve, so do schools; and, as schools improve, so do teachers.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
To such we would recommend lard oil as a great improvement, especially for cooking purposes.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
The principal works to improve this shoal were constructed during the last six months.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
La Place's Proposed Improvement.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
We are quite safe in saying, therefore, that the average improvement of the eight men who improved was 90 per cent.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Not less marked has been the improvement of the older portions.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
I am afraid she will never improve in the country.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
But the boy did as well as he could, and made improvement though deprived of school advantages.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
The sun-dial, which was an improvement upon this, was known to the ancient Jews and Greeks.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
To see a chance was to at once set about planning to improve it.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis

In poetry:

Let us seek this inward light,
And improve the gift of sight;
Let us all our spirits raise,
In eternal hymns of praise.
"Written" by Elizabeth Bath
Thy motion heav'nly is indeed,
While thou by faith dost move.
And still in ev'ry time of need
Thy Husband's grace improve.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
My Heart by her supporting Love
In all its Cares upheld
For that, to see her Crown improve
With transports shall be fill'd
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
Few, few there be who lack the power
To shape their own destiny,
If each will improve th' passing hour
To its full capacity.
"The Requirements Of The Hour" by Jared Barhite
Our souls would learn the heav'nly art
T' improve the hours we have,
That we may act the wiser part,
And live beyond the grave.
"Psalm 90 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Experience, so dearly bought,
By folly, or by ignorance,
Should, in our inmost system wrought,
Our daily life improve, advance.
"New Year's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Lowering the suspension to improve aerodynamics .
Building a Record-Breaking Kizashi: Improved Aerodynamics .
However, that's not to say tank trailers couldn't stand some improvement, especially when it can improve the fuel economy of a tanker tractor-trailer rig.
Try Dr Laura Berman's weekly homework assignment, designed to help you improve your relationships—both in and out of the bedroom.
Officials said the Afghan National Army is showing improvement, but only one of 85 Afghan army battalions is capable of operating independently.
Legacy of nation's first leader improves with appreciation of Pan- Africanism .
Indiana brings improved offense, shaky defense.
Festo SFAM 90 Flow Sensor reduces energy costs and improves productivity and quality.
Do you think the local economy is improving.
Lacking the resources of larger players, small companies look to air forwarders to cut costs, improve service, provide know-how, and deliver global capability.
Improving fundamentals improves his health.
Woodland Healthcare has been named one of the most improved physician organizations in the state by the Integrated Healthcare Association, a nonprofit association aimed at promoting quality improvement, accountability and affordability.
He believes that improving one's appearance leads to improving one's overall health.
Improving sex after prostate cancer Click to View Improving sex after prostate cancer.
Improving welfare of animals helps improve community's quality of life.

In science:

Although both of the above procedures will be shown to be inadmissible (for p ≥ 1 and p ≥ 2 respectively), it is nevertheless of interest to describe the structure of improvements with an emphasis on potential Bayesian improvements.
Estimation of a multivariate normal mean with a bounded signal to noise ratio
These improvements should lead to a factor of 10 sensitivity improvement across the entire detection band, resulting in a factor of 1000 in increased probed volume of space.
Multi-color Cavity Metrology
Nevertheless, caching leads to over 100% improvement over non-cached requests for nearly 40% of the number of quests and at least 10% improvement for the rest requests.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
We improve the naive approximation to the target by improving the approximation Gm(x) ≃ Φ (cid:16) x−D σ/√m (cid:17).
Coupled MCMC with a randomized acceptance probability
To be more precise, if an equivariant coupling can be locally improved it can also be globally improved.
Optimal transport between random measures