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

  • n. The act or process of conserving.
  • n. Preservation or restoration from loss, damage, or neglect: manuscripts saved from deterioration under the program of library conservation.
  • n. The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife and of natural resources such as forests, soil, and water.
  • n. The maintenance of a physical quantity, such as energy or mass, during a physical or chemical change.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of preserving, guarding, or protecting; the keeping (of a thing) in a safe or entire state; preservation.
  • n. A wise use of natural resources.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of preserving, guarding, or protecting; the keeping (of a thing) in a safe or entire state; preservation.
  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of conserving,guarding, or keeping with care; preservation from loss, decay, injury, or violation; the keeping of a thing in a safe or entire state.
  • n. Persistence; perdurance; permanence.
  • n. In England, a court or board of commissioners having jurisdiction over a port (as London, Liverpool, etc.) or of a river (as the Thames, the Mersey, etc.), and charged with the regulation as well as the conservation of its navigation, fisheries, etc.

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

  • n. (physics) the maintenance of a certain quantities unchanged during chemical reactions or physical transformations
  • n. an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change
  • n. the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources

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