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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n improver a component that is added to something to improve it "the addition of a bathroom was a major improvement","the addition of cinnamon improved the flavor"
    • n improver someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies indicate that surgeons who listen to music while they operate improve in their performance
    • n Improver One who, or that which, improves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ZIP in "ZIP code" means Zoning Improvement Plan.
    • n improver One who or that which improves.
    • n improver One who labors at a trade for the purpose of increasing his knowledge or skill, and who accepts the opportunity of improvement as compensation in whole or in part for services rendered.
    • n improver A pad or cushion worn by women with the object of improving the figure or the hang of a dress; a bustle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ZIP in zip code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."
    • Improver one who improves: a pad worn by women to make the dress hang properly
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.”
  • Andrew Grove
    Andrew Grove
    “Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
  • James A. Froude
    “Human improvement is from within outward.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of approve.


In literature:

As teachers improve, so do schools; and, as schools improve, so do teachers.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
To such we would recommend lard oil as a great improvement, especially for cooking purposes.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
The principal works to improve this shoal were constructed during the last six months.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
La Place's Proposed Improvement.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
We are quite safe in saying, therefore, that the average improvement of the eight men who improved was 90 per cent.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Not less marked has been the improvement of the older portions.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
I am afraid she will never improve in the country.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
But the boy did as well as he could, and made improvement though deprived of school advantages.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
The sun-dial, which was an improvement upon this, was known to the ancient Jews and Greeks.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
To see a chance was to at once set about planning to improve it.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Every day she improved a little.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I think she has many good qualities, and that she'll soon improve.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
A shallow soil can always be improved by properly deepening it.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
In order to improve their keeping qualities, they are often sterilized before being put up in sealed packages.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
The estimated cost of the improvement is $7,000,000.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
Undoubtedly the first improvements to be named must be the pneumatic and electro-pneumatic actions.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
In fact, Pernambuco was in the throes of improvement.
"The Amazing Argentine" by John Foster Fraser
In real modesty and humility she improved every day; for it was the study of her life to improve in them.
"Self-control" by Mary Brunton
As a rule, we one and all arrived in the mess breathless from an ever-improving sprint.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley
A further improvement came when a long piece of wax or fatty substance was wrapped about with leaves.
"Stories of Useful Inventions" by Samuel Eagle Foreman

In poetry:

Let us seek this inward light,
And improve the gift of sight;
Let us all our spirits raise,
In eternal hymns of praise.
"Written" by Elizabeth Bath
Thy motion heav'nly is indeed,
While thou by faith dost move.
And still in ev'ry time of need
Thy Husband's grace improve.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
My Heart by her supporting Love
In all its Cares upheld
For that, to see her Crown improve
With transports shall be fill'd
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
Few, few there be who lack the power
To shape their own destiny,
If each will improve th' passing hour
To its full capacity.
"The Requirements Of The Hour" by Jared Barhite
Our souls would learn the heav'nly art
T' improve the hours we have,
That we may act the wiser part,
And live beyond the grave.
"Psalm 90 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Experience, so dearly bought,
By folly, or by ignorance,
Should, in our inmost system wrought,
Our daily life improve, advance.
"New Year's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Lowering the suspension to improve aerodynamics .
Building a Record-Breaking Kizashi: Improved Aerodynamics .
However, that's not to say tank trailers couldn't stand some improvement, especially when it can improve the fuel economy of a tanker tractor-trailer rig.
Try Dr Laura Berman's weekly homework assignment, designed to help you improve your relationships—both in and out of the bedroom.
Officials said the Afghan National Army is showing improvement, but only one of 85 Afghan army battalions is capable of operating independently.
Legacy of nation's first leader improves with appreciation of Pan- Africanism .
Indiana brings improved offense, shaky defense.
Festo SFAM 90 Flow Sensor reduces energy costs and improves productivity and quality.
Do you think the local economy is improving.
Lacking the resources of larger players, small companies look to air forwarders to cut costs, improve service, provide know-how, and deliver global capability.
Improving fundamentals improves his health.
Woodland Healthcare has been named one of the most improved physician organizations in the state by the Integrated Healthcare Association, a nonprofit association aimed at promoting quality improvement, accountability and affordability.
He believes that improving one's appearance leads to improving one's overall health.
Improving sex after prostate cancer Click to View Improving sex after prostate cancer.
Improving welfare of animals helps improve community's quality of life.

In science:

Although both of the above procedures will be shown to be inadmissible (for p ≥ 1 and p ≥ 2 respectively), it is nevertheless of interest to describe the structure of improvements with an emphasis on potential Bayesian improvements.
Estimation of a multivariate normal mean with a bounded signal to noise ratio
These improvements should lead to a factor of 10 sensitivity improvement across the entire detection band, resulting in a factor of 1000 in increased probed volume of space.
Multi-color Cavity Metrology
Nevertheless, caching leads to over 100% improvement over non-cached requests for nearly 40% of the number of quests and at least 10% improvement for the rest requests.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
We improve the naive approximation to the target by improving the approximation Gm(x) ≃ Φ (cid:16) x−D σ/√m (cid:17).
Coupled MCMC with a randomized acceptance probability
To be more precise, if an equivariant coupling can be locally improved it can also be globally improved.
Optimal transport between random measures
The algorithm presented herein includes minor improvements on Cover et al. (2006; 2007B) that lead to substantial improvements in the CIPs image.
Improved visualisation of brain arteriovenous malformations using color intensity projections with hue cycling
Adding only the higgs contributions improves the p-value to ∼ 0.1, while adding both the higgs and chargino contributions yields a combined p-value of ∼ 0.75, a very significant improvement.
Charginos Hiding In Plain Sight
Rouan et al. (2012) both for values and errorbars (Table A17). A lower Teff would match the photometric parameters better, and an improved light curve is important for refining these parameters plus improving the orb ital ephemeris.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
It thus sets a limit on the quality of the solution, so improved measurements of L3 would be the best way to improve our understanding of the system. I find a rather different set of physical properties for Keple r14 (Table A54), with a less massive but more evolved star.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
In particular, the full asterisk (p = 0.117) corresponds to the improved model case of and the open asterisk (p = pxy = 0.176) to the improved case studied here.
Critical Behavior of the Three-Dimensional Ising model with Anisotropic Bond Randomness at the Ferromagnetic-Paramagnetic Transition Line
Any future improvements in precision and scope would directly translate into an improvement of the results presented in this section.
Local measurement of {\Lambda} using pulsar timing arrays
The following example illustrates how Lemma 5.1 can be used to improve upper and lower bounds on the moduli of the zeros of a polynomial and also to detect gaps between groups of zeros where the classical scalar Pellet theorem cannot, or to improve the width of the gaps that it does detect.
Generalization and variations of Pellet's theorem for matrix polynomials
One can hope that the regular asymptotics can be improved in such a way that they hold also when x, t approach a breaking curve sufficiently slowly when ǫ tends to 0, and that the critical asymptotics can be improved to hold in a slightly bigger neighborhood of the breaking curves.
Critical asymptotic behavior for the Korteweg-de Vries equation and in random matrix theory
We also discuss how the improved understanding of the EKRT framework presented in this paper leaves room also for further improvements such as adding dissipation (viscosity) into the hydrodynamical description.
Multiplicities and $p_T$ spectra in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions from a next-to-leading order improved perturbative QCD + saturation + hydrodynamics model
Thus, the precision can be improved much more effectively using strategy (ii), i.e., by increasing the number of realizations R, so that the improvement, according to Eq. (12), is (inversely) proportional (as opposed to a logarithmic relation) to R.
Stochastic perturbations in open chaotic systems: random versus noisy maps