op·​ti·​mi·​za·​tion | \ ˌäp-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of optimization 

: an act, process, or methodology of making something (such as a design, system, or decision) as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible specifically : the mathematical procedures (such as finding the maximum of a function) involved in this

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The update also contains numerous other optimizations and fixes. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google releases fix for Pixel 3’s poor RAM management and other bugs," 3 Dec. 2018 Games like Overwatch, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and others will run just as well, mostly due to the optimizations by their respective developers. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "New gaming laptops haven’t solved the battery life problem," 30 May 2018 As a result, chip manufacturers and software makers scrambled to issue patches and work out the performance sluggishness that came along with blocking the risky optimizations. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "After Meltdown and Spectre, Another Scary Chip Flaw Emerges," 21 May 2018 Nobody understands the mechanics of this — a great search-engine optimization/clickbait feedback loop scam — better than Google. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores," 17 Oct. 2018 The Radeon Vega Instinct 7nm chip is slated to add fresh optimizations for processing deep learning and AI tasks, and its expected landing spot will be in workstations and server farms. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "This is the first 7nm GPU, equipped with 32GB of memory," 6 June 2018 The difference is the optimization for 7.1 surround sound, a step up from last gen's 5.1. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Listen to THX's Upgraded Iconic 'Deep Note' Sound," 6 Apr. 2015 Plume got tested for 12 hours straight, once every 15 minutes, during its initial optimization period. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Plume’s new “Superpod” hardware is here—and it’s fast," 12 June 2018 Arthur moved to Manhattan in 2005 to study at NYU under Nassim Nicholas Taleb, whose emphasis on life’s randomness modulated Arthur’s belief that life was a multidimensional optimization problem. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of optimization

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimization

optimize + -ation

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