from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An act of restoring: damage too great for restoration.
  • n. An instance of restoring or of being restored: Restoration of the sculpture was expensive.
  • n. The state of being restored.
  • n. Something, such as a renovated building, that has been restored.
  • n. The return of a constitutional monarchy to Great Britain in 1660 under Charles II.
  • n. The period between the crowning of Charles II and the Revolution of 1688.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the process of bringing an object back to its original state; the process of restoring something
  • n. the return of a former monarchy or monarch to power, usually after having been forced to step down

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of restoring or bringing back to a former place, station, or condition; the fact of being restored; renewal; reëstablishment.
  • n. The state of being restored; recovery of health, strength, etc..
  • n. That which is restored or renewed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of restoring.
  • n. Renewal; revival; reëstablishment: as, the restoration of friendship between enemies; the restoration of peace after war; the restoration of a declining commerce.
  • n. In architecture and art, the repair of injuries suffered.
  • n. A plan or design of an ancient building, etc., showing it in its original state: as, the restoration of a picture; the restoration of a cathedral.
  • n. The state of being restored; recovery; renewal of health and soundness; recovery from a lapse or any bad state: as, restoration from sickness.
  • n. In theology:
  • n. The recovery of a sinner to the divine favor.
  • n. The doctrine of the final recovery of all men from sin and alienation from God to a state of blessedness; universal salvation: a form of Universalism.
  • n. That which is restored.
  • n. In milit. service, repayment for private losses incurred by persons in service, such as horses killed or arms destroyed.
  • n. In paleontology, the putting together in their proper places of the bones or other remains of an extinct animal; also, the more or less ideal representation of the external form and aspect of such an animal, as inferred from its known remains. See cuts under Dinotherium, Iguanodon, and Labyrinthodon.
  • n. In musical notation, the act, process, or result of canceling a chromatic sign, whether ♯ b, or ♯ and thus bringing a degree of the staff or a note on it back to its original signification.
  • n. In Jewish hist., the return of the Jews to Palestine about 537 b. c.; also, their future return to and possession of the Holy Land as expected by many of the Jewish race, and by others.
  • n. In French history, the return of the Bourbons to power in 1814 and—after the episode of the “Hundred Days”—in 1815.
  • n. Synonyms and Renovation, redintegration, reinstatement, return, restitution. See restore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. getting something back again
  • n. the state of being restored to its former good condition
  • n. the re-establishment of the British monarchy in 1660
  • n. the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
  • n. a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.
  • n. the reign of Charles II in England; 1660-1685
  • n. some artifact that has been restored or reconstructed


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