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Definition of Improvement

Improvement

  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.
  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.
  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 premises.
  6. A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.

Improvement Quotations

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Benjamin Franklin

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
William Pollard

I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I've done that sort of thing in my life, but I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don't know why. Because they're harder. They're much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you've completely failed.
Steve Jobs

Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.
Kim Collins

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Tom Peters
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Improvement Translations

improvement in German is Neuerung
improvement in Italian is emendazione
improvement in Norwegian is forbedring
improvement in Spanish is mejora, mejoria
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