CONSERVATION, n. [L. See Conserve.] The act of preserving, guarding or protecting; preservation from loss, decay, injury, or violation; the keeping of a thing in a safe or entire state; as the conservation of bodies from perishing; the conservation of the peace of society; the conservation of privileges.
n 1: an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change [syn: conservation, preservation] 2: the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources 3: (physics) the maintenance of a certain quantities unchanged during chemical reactions or physical transformations
nounEtymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin conservation-, conservatio, from conservareDate: 14th century 1. a careful preservation and protection of something; especially planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect 2. the preservation of a physical quantity during transformations or reactions • conservationaladjective
Planned management of a natural resource or of a particular ecosystem to prevent exploitation, pollution, destruction, or neglect and to ensure the future usability of the resource. Living resources are renewable, minerals and fossil fuels are nonrenewable. In the West, conservation efforts date to 17th-cent. efforts to protect European forests in the face of increasing demands for fuel and building materials. National parks, first established in the 19th cent., were dedicated to the preservation of uncultivated land not only to provide a safe haven to wildlife but to protect watershed areas and help ensure a clean water supply. National legislation and international treaties and regulations aim to strike a balance between the need for development and the need to conserve the environment for the future.
n. preservation, esp. of the natural environment. Phrases and idioms: conservation area an area containing a noteworthy environment and specially protected by law against undesirable changes. conservation of energy (or mass or momentum etc.) Physics the principle that the total quantity of energy etc. of any system not subject to external action remains constant. Derivatives: conservational adj. Etymology: ME f. OF conservation or L conservatio (as conserve)
Conservation Con`ser*va"tion, n. [L. conservatio: cf. F. conservation.] The act of preserving, guarding, or protecting; the keeping (of a thing) in a safe or entire state; preservation. A step necessary for the conservation of Protestantism. --Hallam. A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. --Burke. Conservation of areas (Astron.), the principle that the radius vector drawn from a planet to the sun sweeps over equal areas in equal times. Conservation of energy, or Conservation of force (Mech.), the principle that the total energy of any material system is a quantity which can neither be increased nor diminished by any action between the parts of the system, though it may be transformed into any of the forms of which energy is susceptible. --Clerk Maxwell.
1. Conservation is saving and protecting the environment. ...a four-nation regional meeting on elephant conservation....tree-planting and other conservation projects.N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp 2. Conservation is saving and protecting historical objects or works of art such as paintings, sculptures, or buildings. Then he began his most famous work, the conservation and rebinding of the Book of Kells... 3. The conservation of a supply of something is the careful use of it so that it lasts for a long time. ...projects aimed at promoting energy conservation.N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp