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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Craig Landry, currently senior vice president for revenue optimization, was promoted to executive vice president for operations, effective Jan. 1. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Air Canada Promotes CFO as Part of Management Shuffle," 19 Dec. 2018 As one of the few Android phones that doesn’t use a Snapdragon chip, Huawei has an Apple-like level of optimization and architecture in the Mate 20s, with promised speed and power efficiency that blow away last year’s models. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 Oxman compares the swarm of Fiberbots to ants and spiders, which are able to build complex self-supporting structures rapidly and with an eye for optimization. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Watch a swarm of robots build a fiber structure," 12 Oct. 2018 Just as responsibility for optimization would decompose downward, so too would responsibility for reliability. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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