• WordNet 3.6
    • adj improving getting higher or more vigorous "its an up market","an improving economy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight
    • a Improving Tending to improve, beneficial; growing better.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Studies indicate that surgeons who listen to music while they operate improve in their performance
    • n improving The act of making improvement.
    • improving Tending to cause improvement; affording means or occasion of improvement; that may be used to advantage.
    • n improving In metallurgy, an operation for removing a portion of the impurities from argentiferous lead by exposing the molten metal to the oxidizing influence of the air. The impurities, as they become oxidized, are removed from the surface of the bath by an iron rake, and the operation is continued until a nearly pure alloy of lead and silver is obtained. Also called softening.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Post-It Notes, which are adhesive notes, were invented while looking for a way to improve the acrylate adhesive found in tapes
    • pr.p., adj Improving tending to cause improvement
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections.”
  • John Ousterhout
    John Ousterhout
    “The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”
  • Sam Ervin
    Sam Ervin
    “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”


In literature:

Write the same matter over again, and improve it in its defects.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
The lunch ashore of Irish chops, new vegetables, and fruit was a decided improvement on the food of the last few days.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
Therefore the first effort of the farmer to improve the fertility of his soil should be to improve his methods of working the soil.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
Some of them were noblemen of broken estates who had come to America to improve their fortunes.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The very worst hands are improved in six short and mirthful lessons.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
How will the reading of such authors improve the teaching ability of elementary teachers?
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
The latter improvement has persisted throughout the centuries.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
FULL TREATISE on improved methods, yields, profits, prices and general statistics, free.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various
From experience, study, and observation, you will no doubt be able to add to them many improvements.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
KNOWLEDGE of the temperature of the pantry and cellar is important, in order that one may make improvements in conditions.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various

In poetry:

While each fond caress returning,
Friendship's joys thou wilt improve;
Her maturer bliss enlivening,
With the charms of infant love.
"Expectation" by Elizabeth Bath
"So fast they go–clack, clack, clack, clack;
Now listen well, I pray,
And let me see you both improve
From what I've said to-day."
"When We Went Out With Grandmamma" by Kate Greenaway
Improve the peaceful hour with wine,
Let music die along the grove;
Around the bowl let myrtles twine,
And every strain be tuned to love.
"Summer" by Samuel Johnson
It was the voice of a social club,
That was speaking so kindly to me;
And I heard its social improvements
Saying tenderly, "come unto me."
"Ajax' Bashfulness" by Frank Barbour Coffin
All things are ours: the gifts of God;
The purchase of a Savior's blood;
While the good Spirit shows us how
To use, and to improve them too.
"Hymn 43 part 2" by Isaac Watts
His eloquence improv'd apace,
As manly pity fill'd his mind;
"You know poor Bayard; here's the case,—
He's past his labour, old, and blind:
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

Food & Beverage players must take the right steps to improve control and efficiency of perishable supply chain processes.
Improving medication adherence may be the key to reducing hospital re-admission rates, according to a new issue brief by a health policy research organization.
Thrifty White Drug introduces Rx Timer Cap to improve patient medication adherence .
Why We Need to Improve Drug Adherence .
Strategies to Improve Medication Adherence in Youths.
Six Simple Strategies for Improving Schedule Adherence in your Call Center Wednesday May 11, 2011 2:00pm ET/ 11:00am PT.
After the original concept was shown, GM endeavored to improve the aerodynamics of the Volt's body.
Revised FATF recommendations offer yet another opportunity for the private sector to improve public policy.
Read about Gabby's recent swimming improvements, capping her season with a couple of Pacific Northwest Swimming records.
Improve Sales with Reef Aquarium Products and Services.
The win improves Aquinas ' record to 18-18 on the season and sends them on to this weekends tournament finale at Madonna University.
Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College women's basketball team improved its record to 2-1 on the season with an 84-63 victory over the Goshen Maple Leafs.
Liptak Shows Why Full Automation Could Improve the Safety of Offshore Drilling in and Transportation from the Arctic Ocean .
Medical robots can't improve health care, yet.
One employee at a local nursing facility has made it her life's work to improve the lives of residents and their families at the Shadyside Care Center.

In science:

For comparison, the untuned accuracy figures are shown with dotted lines. A marked improvement is observed for the adjacency model, while the dependency model is only slightly improved.
Corpus Statistics Meet the Noun Compound: Some Empirical Results
From the above exercise we learn that to improve on the approximate evaluation (7.7) by use of the recurrence relations, it is likely to need an improved evaluation of the second string equation, by including the derivatives and the boundary contributions at η = 0.
Quartic Anharmonic Oscillator and Random Matrix Theory
One sees that apart from very small point-sets, there is a considerable improvement over the expectation for random points (defined here as =1.0), and this improvement increases (faster convergence) with increasing N , as expected from the theoretical results.
Multidimensional sampling for simulation and integration: measures, discrepancies, and quasi-random numbers
An improved method is the star-graph expansion, in which only star graphs need to be generated . A further improvement was originally introduced by Joyce .
Pseudo-Character Expansions for U(N)-Invariant Spin Models on CP^{N-1}
Improvements in the data-processing may well allow the flux limits to be improved.
ISOCAM Photometry of Narrow-Line X-ray Galaxies