• WordNet 3.6
    • n innovator someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1966, Elliot Handler, one of the co-founders of Mattel, Inc. and part of the Barbie doll empire, was the inventor of Hot Wheels®. Handler experimented with axles and rotating wheels being attached to tiny model cars. The innovative gravity-powered car he developed had special low-friction styrene wheels. Hot Wheels® have been clocked at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour.
    • n Innovator One who innovates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n innovator One who innovates; an introducer of changes.
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  • Winston Churchill
    “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Business has only two functions -- marketing and innovation.”
  • Hyman G. Rickover
    Hyman G. Rickover
    “Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “To innovate is not to reform.”
  • Theodore Levitt
    Theodore Levitt
    “CREATIVITY is thinking up new things. INNOVATION is doing new things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. innovateur,


In literature:

Already works, concealed in either breast, The poisonous wish for change and innovation.
"Don Carlos A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
The regular army influence was generally against such innovations.
"Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1" by Jacob Dolson Cox
All innovations were in his eyes little less than crimes.
"History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD" by Robert F. Pennell
They were always happy and singing, innovative in finding ways to carry their packs.
"The Biography of a Rabbit" by Roy Benson
Bombay was a city new to me; I found it energetically modern, with many innovations from the West.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The Church has always looked with a jealous eye upon the inquirers, the innovators.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
Outside the house, as well as inside, the drowsy reign of old primeval Quiet was undisturbed by the innovating vagaries of the rebel, Noise.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
Nor is this use of "ever" an innovation, licentious or otherwise.
"America To-day, Observations and Reflections" by William Archer
Scribes and Pharisees, elders and princes among priests, have striven in all times against innovations, as they strive to-day.
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
It was an innovation, and as such readily enough accepted.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman

In poetry:

And here's the reason why:
The tea was simply DRY,
You might eat it, but to drink it was impossibilitee;
But, curious to state,
Men did not appreciate
This hum'rous innovation from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Patent #: 7,879,746Inventor(s): Thomas Klun, Wayne Dunshee, Kevin Schaffer, Jeffrey Andrews, Debra Neu, and Matthew ScholzCompany: 3M Innovative Properties CompanyFiled: 2004-07-06Issued: 2011-02-01Description.
These early innovators would set barrels of hard apple cider outside to freeze in the winter.
The path to John Deere's latest sprayer innovation – the 4940 – was paved by feedback from one of its most valuable assets.
Dorit Chrysler introduces the polyphonic theremin, the latest April Fools' Day innovation from Moog Music.
New Subcommittee D15.22 Paves the Way for Innovation.
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of innovative medical technology, today launched its 3Flow Aspiration Catheter.
Chief Technology Officer Todd Park puts out the call for "bad- ass innovators" to serve in federal government.
"What we are looking for are bad- ass innovators," Park said Wednesday during the rollout of the innovation program and Digital Management Strategy at the TechCrunch conference in New York City.
Welcome to 12 to Watch in 2012, a new web series profiling some of New York's top minds doing innovative things with technology and design.
MCAD Technologies Colorado Innovation Day Presented by MCAD Technologies, Inc. MCAD is hosting the First Annual Colorado Innovation Design Showcase.
I thought the purpose of patents was to spur innovation by giving people who invent something the exclusive use of their innovation for a limited time.
Supercharge Innovation At Your CU April 1, 2005 Employees are your top differentiator in today's economy, according to John Sweeney, author of 'Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation'.
This year's topic is "collaborative innovation" — and should be intriguing as "collaboration" is certainly a hot topic, especially in the context of "innovation.
About the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects The award is given to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship.
The food item was named among the top 10 Most Innovative Products for 2013 during Grocery Innovations Canada on Tuesday.

In science:

When i = 2p − 1 is odd, the ith element is an innovation for ~c if cp 6∈ {cj : j < p}.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions
In particular, the first element of the list (3) is always an innovation for ~c.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions
For each index i ∈ [k ], one of the following possibility occurs P1 (i): The indices ai+1 , bi+1 and ci are innovations.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions
P3 (i): Only one of the triples (ai , bi+1 , ci ) and (ai+1 , bi , ci ) is an innovation. P4 (i): Neither (ai , bi+1 , ci ) nor (ai+1 , bi , ci ) is an innovation.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions
This last point deserves some explanation. – If (ai , bi+1 , ci ) is not an innovation, then certainly bi+1 and ci cannot be innovations. – If instead (ai+1 , bi , ci ) is not an innovation, then ai+1 cannot be an innovation.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions