AskDefine | Define preservation

Dictionary Definition



1 the activity of protecting something from loss or danger [syn: saving]
2 the condition of being (well or ill) preserved
3 a process that saves organic substances from decay
4 an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change [syn: conservation]

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  1. The act of preserving; care to preserve; act of keeping from destruction, decay or any ill.


Nature does not require
Her times of preservation, which, perforce
I give my tendence to
— William Shakespeare, Henry VIII
The eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, his is ther mighty protection, a preservation from stumbling, and a help from falling. — Ecclesiastes. xxxiv. 16
Every seneseless thing by nature's light
Doth preservation seek, destruction shun — Davies
''Our allwise maker has put into man the uneasiness of hunger, thirst and other natural desires, to determine their wills for the preservation of themselves, and the continuation of their species. — Locke


Extensive Definition

Preservation may mean:
preservation in German: Denkmalschutz
preservation in Hebrew: שימור
preservation in Norwegian Nynorsk: Konservering
preservation in Simple English: Preservation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bottling up, care, cold storage, conservancy, conservation, continuation, corking up, cover, creation, custody, dead storage, defense, dispensation, dry storage, eternal re-creation, eternal return, eternalization, eye, guard, guardianship, holding, holding in, immortalization, inhibition, keeping, lee, locking in, maintenance, perpetuating, perpetuation, prehension, preserval, protecting, protection, protective custody, providence, refuge, repression, retaining, retainment, retention, retentiveness, retentivity, safeguard, safeguarding, safekeeping, safety, salvation, saving, security, shade, shadow, shelf-room, shelter, shield, steady-state universe, storage, storage space, stowage, suppression, sustentation, tenacity, upkeep, visitations of providence, ward, warehousing, watchful eye
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