• WordNet 3.6
    • v improvize perform without preparation "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"
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  • Frank Dane
    “The news of any politician's death should be listed under Public Improvements.”
  • Bette Davis
    “This became a credo of mine: attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.”
  • Les Brown
    “Practice only makes for improvement.”
  • Chuck Knox
    Chuck Knox
    “Practice without improvement is meaningless.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”
  • C. W. Barron
    C. W. Barron
    “Everything can be improved.”


In literature:

It cannot alone make for improvement.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
The appropriations estimated for river and harbor improvements and for fortifications are submitted separately.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant" by James D. Richardson
I improved it for three or four years.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Many improvements will come, and details be added.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Found Scrope there improving a picture of his own, an Italian scene in Calabria.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Close the book with your improved and being improved feeling and never open it again until it passes over.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
But then that was when he was but ten years old; he is twenty-one to-day; perhaps he is much improved.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The aim of our beneficent Government is the improvement of the people in every station and the amelioration of their condition.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
Great improvements were also made about this period in the manufacture of powder, and all kinds of fire-arms.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
Later, the methods of Schott, baths and resistance movements, may carry the improvement further.
"Fat and Blood" by S. Weir Mitchell

In poetry:

He, notic'd by a stander-by,
"Could read a book, or make a pye."
This friend perceiv'd the lad had spirit;
Lent authors to improve his merit.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
"Yes,….be a nun's vocation mine,
So I my brother's bliss improve;
His be their wealth," sweet Julia cried,
So I may boast my parent's love!"
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
All the white thoughts I had
Were but pure flowers, one day to make you glad;
Every improving act, each little grace,
Humbly, dear one, I trace
"Awaited" by Charles Hanson Towne
Each following minute, as it flies,
Increase thy praise, improve our joys,
Till we are raised to sing thy name
At the great supper of the Lamb.
"Hymn 72" by Isaac Watts
Catch the, O! catch the transient hour,
Improve each moment as it flies;
Life's a short Summer - man a flower,
He dies - alas! how soon he dies!
"Winter" by Samuel Johnson
Oh! happy hours of heavenward thought!
How richly crowned! how well improved!
In musing o'er the Law he taught,
In waiting for the Lord he loved.
"St. Bartholomew" by John Keble

In news:

Subwoofer isolator A larger lower-profile version of Auralex's SubDude, the SubDude-HT floats a subwoofer, yielding improved acoustical isolation.
The Retailers of Art Glass and Supplies (RAGS) is an association of brick-and-mortar retail store owners who voluntarily work together to improve and enhance each other's businesses.
Vastly improved editing features for text and graphics.
Improved online web-creation and document-signing features.
Here's how to improve your performance.
Knowing why, where, and when to apply pneumatic actuation improves performance and efficiencies and lowers cost.
A new Army Combat Uniform — boasting nearly a dozen improvements — was unveiled here Aug 10, and received the quick approval of roughly 3,600 Iowa National Guard soldiers headed to the 'Stan.
Health care providers, hospital administrators, and politicians face competing challenges to reduce clinical errors, control expenditure, increase access and throughput, and improve quality of care.
Carlisle officials approved the final three contracts for its housing rehabilitation program on Tuesday that, when completed, will have used state grant funding to improve the quality of 17 town homes.
Hanie not alone in needing to improve as team hits road for 3 of final 4 games.
Richard Dreyfus, the celebrated actor, was in Albany recently to receive the prestigious Empire State Archives and History Award for his efforts to improve civic education in American schools.
Fertilizer producer improves process in key areas through advanced process control, and integrates more operator knowledge into control strategy.
DelStar Technologies, Inc has introduced a new Delnet apertured film product designed to offer improved adhesion characteristics over a variety of substrates.
Editorially improve the standard, applying Form and Style (including SI 10)guidelines Keywords.
Students typically highlight increased knowledge related to areas such as workflow process, quality improvement and material handling.

In science:

To make further improvements one needs to improve the background rejection and/or the angular resolution of the instrument.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
The improvement is particularly pronounced when the frequency window of the shaped pulse is two to eight times the frequency separation between the pulses, with improvements in the accuracy of the unitary operator up to a factor of fifteen.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
An improved version was proposed by Canuto et al. (1996) which is known as the CGM formulation. A main intention behind both models was to improve the physical description of convection while keeping computational expenses as low as for MLT.
New grids of ATLAS9 atmospheres I: Influence of convection treatments on model structure and on observable quantities
As long as such a matching procedure is not shown to allow an improved match of fundamental star data over extended parts of the HR diagram (and thus improving over present models, cf. various publications discussed in Sect. 2), its practical advantages appear more limited.
New grids of ATLAS9 atmospheres I: Influence of convection treatments on model structure and on observable quantities
Improvements to experimental diagnostics will be made in the next generation of laser experiments, and improvements to the simulations could be made by inclusion of a more realistic material equation of state, adding the walls of the shock tube, and modeling the laser-driven energy deposition process.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code