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im·prove·ment

(ĭm-prūv'mĕnt)
The act or process of making better.
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Norris, who had begun to redden, was appeased; and, for a little while, other subjects took place of the improvements of Sotherton.
I prepared myself for a multitude of reverses; my operations might be incessantly baffled, and at last my work be imperfect, yet when I considered the improvement which every day takes place in science and mechanics, I was encouraged to hope my present attempts would at least lay the foundations of future success.
The builders had attained the art of using cement, and of roofing a building, great improvements on the original Burgh.
Each house is, as it necessarily must be, the judge of the elections, qualifications, and returns of its members; and whatever improvements may be suggested by experience, for simplifying and accelerating the process in disputed cases, so great a portion of a year would unavoidably elapse, before an illegitimate member could be dispossessed of his seat, that the prospect of such an event would be little check to unfair and illicit means of obtaining a seat.
The "Old-Fashioned Girl" is not intended as a perfect model, but as a possible improvement upon [Page] the Girl of the Period, who seems sorrowfully ignorant or ashamed of the good old fashions which make woman truly beautiful and honored, and, through her, render home what it should be,-a happy place, where parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to love and know and help one another.
The improvement is by no means generally due to crossing different breeds; all the best breeders are strongly opposed to this practice, except sometimes amongst closely allied sub-breeds.
What education is, and how children ought to be instructed, is what should be well known; for there are doubts concerning the business of it, as all people do not agree in those things they would have a child taught, both with respect to their improvement in virtue and a happy life: nor is it clear whether the object of it should be to improve the reason or rectify the morals.
Pambrune for their improvement Religion Code of laws Range of the Lower Nez Perces Camash, and other roots Nez Perce horses Preparations for departure Refusal of supplies Departure A laggard and glutton
Her love of dirt gave way to an inclination for finery, and she grew clean as she grew smart; she had now the pleasure of sometimes hearing her father and mother remark on her personal improvement.
It soon appeared that he came to announce an improvement.
Vanstone should take place -whether it is only an improvement for the time, or whether it is the permanent improvement for which we all hope -- in either case I entreat you to let me know of it immediately.
The Northern weather so far shows no sign of improvement.