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Someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms.  Synonyms: do-gooder, humanitarian.
A component that is added to something to improve it.  Synonyms: add-on, addition.  "The addition of cinnamon improved the flavor"

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"Improver" Quotes from Famous Books

... Jean Lindsay and her husband, Patrick Miller, the laird of Dalswinton, were no ordinary people. The former, beautiful, accomplished, a writer of easy and graceful verses, with a natural dignity of manners which became her station; the latter an improver and inventor, the first who applied steam to the purposes of navigation." But Burns's hasty judgments of men and things, the result of momentary feeling, are not to be ...
— Robert Burns • Principal Shairp

... former period may be characterised by the predominance of the relatively unskilled workman and of the skilled, so this next incipient age by the development of the chief workman proper, the literal architectos or architect; and by his companion the rustic improver, gardener and forester, farmer, irrigator, and their correspondingly evolving types ...
— Civics: as Applied Sociology • Patrick Geddes

... you know, the scene of St. Pierre's beautiful story of Paul and Virginia, over which I suppose most people have sentimentalised at one time or another of their lives. Until we reached here I did not know that the tale was like the lady's improver—a fiction founded on fact, and that Paul and Virginia were at one time flesh and blood, and that their veritable dust was buried at Pamplemousses in a spot considered as one of the lions of the place, and visited as classic ground. Now, though ...
— The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley Volume 1 • Leonard Huxley

... But every improver of tools had a long and difficult battle to fight; for any improvement in their effective power was sure to touch the interests of some established craft. Especially was this the case with machines, which are but tools of a more complete though complicated ...
— Industrial Biography - Iron Workers and Tool Makers • Samuel Smiles

... town, because I was skilful in the use of the pencil. A full premium was paid by the efforts of my mother and father, rather against the wishes of Lord Luxellian, who likes my father, however, and thinks a great deal of him. There I stayed till six months ago, when I obtained a situation as improver, as it is called, in a London ...
— A Pair of Blue Eyes • Thomas Hardy

... Crummell. In science, discovery, and invention the Negroes claim Lislet Geoffroy of the French Academy, Latino and Amo, well known in European university circles; and in America the explorers Dorantes and Henson; Banneker, the almanac maker; Wood, the telephone improver; McCoy, inventor of modern lubrication; Matseliger, who revolutionized shoemaking. Here are names representing all degrees of genius and talent from the mediocre to the highest, but they are strong human testimony to ...
— The Negro • W.E.B. Du Bois

... fashion were devised by some thoughtful improver of woman, to enhance beauty by imparting a roseate hue to the complexion. Unfortunately, however, the reflection from the pink silk does not always reach the face at the right angle. Sometimes it concentrates altogether upon the ...
— Punchinello, Vol.1, No. 12 , June 18,1870 • Various

Words linked to "Improver" :   helper, attachment, additive, annexe, element, wing, extension, annex, component, constituent, benefactor, elongation, do-gooder, improve, afterthought

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