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ad•vance•ment(ædˈvæns mənt, -ˈvɑns-)
a new wrinkle An innovation, a new development; an improved technique or method, or a hint or suggestion regarding one; sometimes, a new development that acts as a hindrance, snag, or further complexity. Precisely how wrinkle took on the colloquial meaning of clever trick some time in the 1800s remains unclear, but it is this usage from which the above current meanings derive. Webster’s Third cites P. J. C. Friedlander’s use of the term:
… a new wrinkle whereby the exhaust gases are used to spin small turbines geared direct to the propeller shaft.
quantum leap A sudden enormous step forward; an unexpected discovery or breakthrough. This expression is a physics term for the jumping of an electron from one energy state to another. As used figuratively, quantum leap denotes a great and sudden change in a positive direction, often with far-reaching consequences.
The ability of marine technology to take “quantum” leaps in innovation means that a laissez-faire approach to the ocean mineral resources can no longer be tolerated. (Tony Loftas, New Scientist, December, 1970)
|Noun||1.||advancement - encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something|
encouragement - the expression of approval and support
|2.||advancement - the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)|
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
push - an effort to advance; "the army made a push toward the sea"
career, life history - the general progression of your working or professional life; "the general had had a distinguished career"; "he had a long career in the law"
march - a steady advance; "the march of science"; "the march of time"
clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing - easy unobstructed progress; "after we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing"
leapfrog - advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors; "the company still believes the chip is a leapfrog in integration and will pay huge dividends"
|3.||advancement - gradual improvement or growth or development; "advancement of knowledge"; "great progress in the arts"|
forwarding, furtherance, promotion - the advancement of some enterprise; "his experience in marketing resulted in the forwarding of his career"
stride - significant progress (especially in the phrase "make strides"); "they made big strides in productivity"
development - act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development"
the advancement of women in business → la promotion des femmes dans le monde de l'entrepriseadvance notice n → préavis madvance payment n (= part sum) → acompte m (= total sum) → paiement anticipéadvance warning n → préavis m
We weren't given any advance warning of his visit → Nous n'avions pas été avertis de sa visite.