progression

Definitions

  • Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns
    Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n progression the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    • n progression a movement forward "he listened for the progress of the troops"
    • n progression a series with a definite pattern of advance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times every second, from the 1,800 thunderstorms in progress at any given moment.
    • Progression (Mus) A regular succession of tones or chords; the movement of the parts in harmony; the order of the modulations in a piece from key to key.
    • Progression Course; passage; lapse or process of time. "I hope, in a short progression , you will be wholly immerged in the delices and joys of religion."
    • Progression (Math) Regular or proportional advance in increase or decrease of numbers; continued proportion, arithmetical, geometrical, or harmonic.
    • Progression The act of moving forward; a proceeding in a course; motion onward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The World Rubik Cube championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982. Nineteen National Champions took part. Minh Thai, the US Champion, won by solving the Cube in of 22.95 seconds. The world record, in competitive conditions, grew progressively lower and now stands at 16.5 seconds.
    • n progression The act or state of progressing, advancing, or moving forward; a proceeding in a course; advance: as, a slow method of progression.
    • n progression Lapse or process of time; course; passage.
    • n progression In mathematics, a series of quantities of which every one intermediate between the first, and the last is a mean of some constant kind between those which immediately precede and follow it. Arithmetical, geometrical, harmonic, arithmetico-geometrical, and quadratic progressions are progressions depending on means so named.
    • n progression In philology, the increase or strengthening of a vowel under the accent.
    • n progression In music: The act, process, or result of advancing from one tone to another (of a particular voice-part), or from one chord to another (of the harmony in general); motion. Progression in either of these senses may be regular or irregular, correct or false. See motion, 14.
    • n progression Same as sequence.
    • n progression a series of quantities whose ratios (of each to the preceding) pass through a cycle of n values, as 2, 1, 3, 1½, 4½, 2¼, 6¾, etc. Synonyms Advancement, etc. See progress, n.
    • n progression In mathematics: A discrete series which has a first element but no last.
    • n progression The forward change of mutes from one order (surd, sonant, or aspirate) to another, according to Grimm's law.
    • n progression In Stumpf's psychology, one of the four immanent relations of sensation, the other three being number, similarity, and fusion. It is most clearly illustrated in the facts of sensation intensity.
    • n progression In gambling, any method of advancing the amount of a lost bet and reducing a bet won: a form of martingale, sometimes called “progress and pinch.” Starting with 5 chips, if the first, bet is lost 6 are wagered; if it is won, 4 only.
    • n progression A mode of evolution of organisms by increase in size or number of differential additions. It is characteristic of the epacmic phylogeny of most races and is succeeded by retrogression in their acmic or paraemic history.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Progression motion onward: act or state of moving onward: progress: regular and gradual advance: increase or decrease of numbers or magnitudes according to a fixed law:
    • n Progression (mus.) a regular succession of chords or the movements of the parts in harmony
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Quotations

  • Charles F. Kettering
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    “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
  • William J. Durant
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    “Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.”
  • Albert Einstein
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    “Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.”
  • Georg Hegel
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    “The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “The mind's direction is more important than its progress.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. progressio,: cf. F. progression,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. progressusprogredi, to go forward—pro, forward, gradi, to go.

Usage

In literature:

A mathematical progress from one proposition to another.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Progress along either line may be very slow, but the trend is as opposite as is the East from the West, as Light from Darkness, as Good from Evil.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The farming class must progress as a unit.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
Each secession in turn must be right because it is recent, and progress must progress by growing smaller and smaller.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
It will be seen therefore that we dismiss altogether any doctrine of an 'illusion of progress' as a necessary decoy to progressive action.
"Progress and History" by Various
Summary of progress during the sixteenth century.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The indiscriminate giving of technical exercises may impede progress rather than advance the pupil.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
The progress which we have made is largely a progress in thought and ideals.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
Progress in wireless and in armament.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Retardation of rate of Progress in Collective Industries.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
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In poetry:

But then it has a sweet reward--
Progression is the fruit,
But some this sweetness have abhorred
For others have the boot.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
Oh thou pale orb ! now retreating,
Yet awhile thy progress stay !
I shall give the Morn no greeting,
For it calls me far away.
"The Lover's Departure" by Laura Sophia Temple
Do you him remember leaping
Forth, his horn so gladly winding,
Back the mob on all sides sweeping
From the progress of the great?
"Johan Ludvig Heiberg 1860" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
"Judge us not, O! favored races,
From the lofty heights of fame,
Rather measure our progression,
By the depths from whence we came.
"Federic Douglass" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
And thus it is that every year,
Ere Autumn dons his russet robe,
She calls her unseen charioteer,
And makes her progress through the globe.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Thou lend'st him help, to read, to spell,
His progress slow, his efforts mean:
I take him in my realms to dwell,
To win a throne, to wed a queen.
"Hope And Memory" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

Orange County's Great Park: Still great, still a work in progress.
Singer/mandolinist Doyle Lawson and his band perform progressive bluegrass and compelling a cappella Gospel.
Mixed bag of results in state board's school progress reports.
Mayor, trustees speak on public safety, Post Avenue theater renovation progress.
The Clippers point guard says the team is progressing well as it prepares for its Oct 31 season opener.
As the tale progresses, the reader learns bits and pieces of Jay's family's unraveled past.
Mason's letter on Sept 1, "Conservatives ready to riot," is an example of more progressive hypocrisy.
Obama says US economy is making progress while Romney says change needed to bring about jobs.
PSD Board members Tom Shipley and Amon Tracey, PSD treasurer and secretary Ricky Barkley and PSD board member David Litsey discussing the latest progress in the sewage project.
With the ever-increasing progressive jackpots offered by casinos, the Big Hits are what we seek.
The occasion was the first convention of the Progressive Party.
The Syracuse Crunch is hitting nothing but green lights in its progress toward holding the first outdoor game in AHL history next season.
A computer generated age progressed picture of what White might have looked like in childhood.
Liverpool remains a work in progress.
Is Rwanda the model of progress and reconciliation, or is Kagame's RPF the genocidal eye of Central Africa n storms.
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In science:

Analysis of these formidable expressions is in progress.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
Their understanding should allow quantitative progress in the SR case (e.g. for d = 1, equivalent to the N -dimensional KPZ equation).
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
Applications of the method to other complex systems is in progress.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
However, we can progress by assuming that L contains a special subspace for which the standard arguments will hold.
Physics with exotic probability theory
The talk describes recent progress in understanding the behaviour of the stress tensor and its correlation functions at a critical point of a generic quenched random system.
The Stress Tensor in Quenched Random Systems
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