preservation

noun pres·er·va·tion \ ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of preservation

: the act, process, or result of preserving something: such as
a : the activity or process of keeping something valued alive, intact, or free from damage or decay
  • preservation of state parks/monuments
  • preservation of an old tradition
  • The special emphasis of recent years on preservation continued in 1988. More than 8,000 brittle volumes (1.5 million pages) were committed to microfilm; an additional 777 rare books, manuscripts, and historical films received special conservation treatment.
  • Library and Book Trade Almanac
  • These and so many lesser red flags seem finally to be shifting public interest toward the preservation of wildlife and natural habitats.
  • —E. Annie Proulx
b : the preparation of food for future use (as by canning, pickling, or freezing) to prevent spoilage
  • the use of salt in the preservation of meat
  • In the years following the first Earth Day in 1970, a contingent of Americans insisted on developing pesticide-free systems of farming and anti-chemical methods of food preservation and preparation.
  • —Tibbett L. Speer

First Known Use of preservation

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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PRESERVATION Defined for Kids

preservation

noun pres·er·va·tion \ ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of preservation for Students

: the effort of keeping from injury, loss, or decay
  • wildlife preservation
  • preservation of historic buildings


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