Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Word of the day - June 21, 2011


Saw this word in an article I read today (see "What I Read Today" blog) by David Brooks in the New York Times about USA aid money spent in Afghanistan.

Web definitions
  • better: to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  • To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem

  • amelioration - the act of relieving ills and changing for the better

  • ameliorating(a): tending to ameliorate

  • Amelioration - Semantic change, also known as semantic shift or semantic progression describes the evolution of word usage — usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage. ...

  • amelioration - The act of making better; an improvement

  • to make a situation better or more tolerable

  • The process by which, over successive generations, the nucleotide composition of a horizontally transferred DNA segment becomes identical to that of the host genome.

  • amelioration - The addition of sugar and/or water to must or wine. This can also refer to adjusting the acid level.

  • ameliorated - Improvement in condition.

  • amelioration - Decrease in intensity of the person's symptoms, this follows any aggravation phase.

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