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v. pre·served, pre·serv·ing, pre·serves
1. To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect. See Synonyms at defend.
2. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged: fossils preserved in sediments; a film preserved in the archives.
3. To keep or maintain intact: tried to preserve family harmony.
4. To prepare (food) for storage or future use, as by canning or salting.
5. To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling: preserved the specimen in a chemical solution.
a. To protect (wildlife or natural resources) in a designated area, often for regulated hunting or fishing.
b. To maintain (an area) for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
1. To treat fruit or other foods so as to prevent decay.
2. To maintain an area for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
1. Something that acts to preserve; a preservative.
2. often preserves Fruit cooked with sugar to protect against decay or fermentation.
3. An area maintained for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
4. Something considered as being the exclusive province of certain persons: Ancient Greek is the preserve of scholars.

[Middle English preserven, from Old French preserver, from Medieval Latin praeservāre, from Late Latin, to observe beforehand : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin servāre, to guard, preserve; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·serv′a·bil′i·ty n.
pre·serv′a·ble adj.
pres′er·va′tion (prĕz′ər-vā′shən) n.
pre·serv′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preservable - capable of being preserved
preserved - kept intact or in a particular condition
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The Crying of Lot 49 was written just after the "golden age" of television; one could argue that the novel encounters television as a medium just entering its maturity: after the crystallization of the major prime-time genres but before the spread of practical home recording devices forever altered the temporality of televisual content by making it preservable.
The fossils indicate that they were either attached to objects floating in the water at the time, or attached to another bottom dweller that lacked preservable hard parts.
Digital authorship is volatile, messy, changeable, where print text is stable and preservable.
The taste and firmness of the blueberries are preserved and they become preservable for 4 days even at room temperature.
Book historian David Pearson has noted that "[a] book can be written in, defaced, altered, beautified, or cherished, to produce a preservable object with an individual history" (22).
Buildings carrying elements of Cypriot architectural heritage are categorized as preservable by the interior ministry, and may not be altered unless special permission has been granted.
The Bib Guard will also be sufficiently protected so as to be conveniently preservable for memories if desired.
They thereby raise questions about what is not preserved and what is intangible yet still in some way preservable in the imagination.