• A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse
    A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v preserve prevent (food) from rotting "preserved meats","keep potatoes fresh"
    • v preserve to keep up and reserve for personal or special use "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"
    • v preserve keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction "We preserve these archeological findings","The old lady could not keep up the building","children must be taught to conserve our national heritage","The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"
    • v preserve keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last "preserve the peace in the family","continue the family tradition","Carry on the old traditions"
    • v preserve keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing "preserve the forest and the lakes"
    • v preserve maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger "May God keep you"
    • n preserve fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
    • n preserve a reservation where animals are protected
    • n preserve a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone "medicine is no longer a male preserve"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1810, Peter Durand invented the tin can for preserving food
    • Preserve A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or for food.
    • Preserve That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; -- commonly in the plural.
    • Preserve To keep or save from injury or destruction; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect. "O Lord, thou preserved man and beast.""Now, good angels preserve the king."
    • Preserve To maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserve appearances; to preserve silence.
    • Preserve To make preserves.
    • Preserve To protect game for purposes of sport.
    • Preserve To save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, as sugar, salt, etc.; to season and prepare for remaining in a good state, as fruits, meat, etc.; as, to preserve peaches or grapes. "You can not preserve it from tainting."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Corned beef got its name because this beef was preserved with pellets of salt that were the size of corn kernels, which was also referred to as "corns" of salt
    • preserve To keep safe or free from harm; defend from injury or destruction; save.
    • preserve To maintain; secure permanence to; keep in existence or alive; make lasting: as, to preserve one's good looks.
    • preserve To keep possession of; retain.
    • preserve To prepare in such a manner as to resist decomposition or fermentation; prevent from spoiling by the use of preservative substances, with or without the agency of heat: as, to preserve meats or fruit; to preserve an anatomical specimen.
    • preserve To maintain and reserve for personal or special use in hunting or fishing. To raise, provide for, and protect, as game, for use at certain seasons or by certain persons, as in hunting or fishing: as, to preserve quail; to preserve salmon.
    • preserve To prepare decomposable substances, as meats or fruits, for preservation; make preserves.
    • preserve To raise and protect game for special use, as in hunting or fishing.
    • n preserve That which preserves or saves.
    • n preserve Specifically plural A kind of spectacles with colored glasses to protect the eyes from too strong light.
    • n preserve That which is preserved, or prepared for keeping; especially, fruit, meats, etc., suitably seasoned and cooked to prevent fermentation or spoiling.
    • n preserve A place where game is preserved; a place set apart for the protection and propagation of game intended for hunting or fishing.
    • n preserve A thing preserved.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Belize is the only country in the world with a jaguar preserve
    • v.t Preserve prē-zėrv′ to keep safe from harm or injury: to defend: to keep in a sound state: to season for preservation: to make lasting: to keep up, as appearances
    • n Preserve that which is preserved, as fruit, &c.: that which preserves: a place for the protection of animals, as game:
    • n Preserve that which preserves: a preventive of injury or decay
    • n Preserve (pl.) spectacles to protect the eyes from strong light, &c
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  • Charles G. Dawes
    Charles G. Dawes
    “Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.”
  • Alvin Toffler
    Alvin Toffler
    “Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.”
  • George Washington
    “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Plagiarists at least have the quality of preservation.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. préserver, from L. prae, before + servare, to save, preserve; cf. L. praeservare, to observe beforehand. See Serve


In literature:

They had uselessly squandered what might have preserved them.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
So thankful did we feel that Arthur had been preserved, that we scarcely thought about the poor horse.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Jesu preserve her grace!
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
It can not preserve itself, but must be carefully preserved by man's own effort.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
At his death he bequeathed to it his library, which is still preserved.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
A few hundred yards from this well-preserved rock carving, a round tower 90 or 100 feet in height has been erected.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Sylvester and Martin, is preserved in section II.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
Faith in the one Great JEHOVAH was preserved by the children of Israel alone.
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
We have both been mercifully preserved.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham

In poetry:

My heart rejoices in thy name,
My God, my help, my trust;
Thou hast preserved my face from shame,
Mine honor from the dust.
"Psalm 31 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Had not my child been doom'd to such strange perils
As a fond mother trembles to recall,
He had not been preserved.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
From all the viewless snares of sin
Preserve us firm and free;
As Thou, like us, hast grieved been,
May we rejoice with Thee!
"Hymn 5. Christmas Day" by Reginald Heber
No more, ye warbling birds! rejoice:
Of all that cheer'd the plain,
Echo alone preserves her voice,
And she—repeats my pain.
"Song XIII. - Winter" by William Shenstone
A doubt by superstition nurst,
Made all just thoughts recede;
Frantic he wav'd his sword, and pierc'd
His life-preserving steed!
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
It is not seemly to be famous:
Celebrity does not exalt;
There is no need to hoard your writings
And to preserve them in a vault.
"It is not seemly to be famous..." by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Colleen Laliberte preserves legacy of Chattanooga puppetry.
Preserve area's priceless watershed at all costs Commentary John Watson.
House preserves ' backdoor earmark' for Ohio nuclear facility.
Owners preserve Wine Cellar's charm in new, expanded location.
He was active in preserving and promoting L.A. Olympic flame is lit in Greece.
He was active in preserving and promoting L.A. Danica Patrick announces divorce on Facebook.
Saturday Night Fever 's Bryan Batt and 1999 Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth ( You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Epic Proportions ) were preserved on Sardi's walls Jan 20.
K-25 preservation could become battle royal .
Of all American cities, you'd think Chicago would be at the forefront of celebrating and preserving its architecture.
Farmers call for beefed-up preservation.
I've never been one to have the animals I've taken preserved by a taxidermist.
Estero — Lennar Homes is unveiling two model homes at The Preserve at Corkscrew, located at 13525 Villa di Preserve off Corkscrew Road in Estero.
Scott McIntyre / Staff Laborers work to complete the roof of a home in the neighborhood, The Preserve at Corkscrew in Estero.
These quick tips about opening and preserving a not quite empty wine bottle are perfect for your next dinner party or a quiet evening at home.

In science:

Moreover, π∗ preserves finite limits if and only if F preserves finite limits.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Then F preserves finite coproducts if and only if F ◦ j preserves finite coproducts.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Every functor f0 : N(Polyk ) → C which preserves finite products admits a right Kan extension f : TZar (k) → C. (b) A functor f : T´et(k) → C belongs to Funad (T´et (k), C) if and only if f0 = f | N(Polyk ) preserves products, and f is a right Kan extension of f0 .
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Since Y0(u) preserve the grading of V , etY0 (u) also preserve the grading of V .
Generalized twisted modules associated to general automorphisms of a vertex operator algebra
The morphisms of the category Cu are the order preserving semigroup maps that also preserve the suprema of increasing sequences, the far below relation, and the 0 element.
Classification of homomorphisms from $C_0(0,1]$ to a C*-algebra