Improvement

Definition of Improvement

Im`prove´ment
n.1.The act of improving; advancement or growth; promotion in desirable qualities; progress toward what is better; melioration; as, the improvement of the mind, of land, roads, etc.
I look upon your city as the best place of improvement.
- South.
Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
- Blair.
2.The act of making profitable use or applicaton of anything, or the state of being profitably employed; a turning to good account; practical application, as of a doctrine, principle, or theory, stated in a discourse.
I shall make some improvement of this doctrine.
- Tillotson.
3.The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved; as, the new edition is an improvement on the old.
4.Increase; growth; progress; advance.
5.Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on land or premises; as, to convey the land together with all improvements.
6.(Patent Laws) A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.

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