from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The procedure or procedures used to make a system or design as effective or functional as possible, especially the mathematical techniques involved.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the design and operation of a system or process to make it as good as possible in some defined sense
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of optimizing or taking an optimistic view of; the act of turning to the best account or making the best of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of rendering optimal
optimize + -ation (Wiktionary)