Part of speech: noun

The act of improving; something that improves, as a change in a machine.

Part of speech: noun

The practical application, as of a sermon.

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Usage examples "improvement":

  1. Perhaps I may be allowed to say also, that I think the great bar to improvement in Shetland is the want of leases. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. But tell me, would this treatment produce a similar improvement if the symptoms were due to disease?" - "The Mystery of 31 New Inn", R. Austin Freeman.
  3. He always had the cause of the oppressed colored people warmly at heart, and was desirous to do everything in his power for their improvement and elevation. - "The Freedmen's Book", Lydia Maria Child.