[syn: initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Innovation \In`no*va"tion\, n. [L. innovatio; cf. F.
1. The act of innovating; introduction of something new, in
customs, rites, commercial products, etc. --Dryden.
2. A change effected by innovating; a change in customs;
something new, and contrary to established customs,
manners, or rites. --Bacon.
The love of things ancient doth argue stayedness,
but levity and lack of experience maketh apt unto
3. (Bot.) A newly formed shoot, or the annually produced
addition to the stems of many mosses.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study
and experimentation [syn: invention, innovation]
2: the creation of something in the mind [syn: invention,
innovation, excogitation, conception, design]
3: the act of starting something for the first time; introducing
something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an
adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society" [syn:
initiation, founding, foundation, institution,
origination, creation, innovation, introduction,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "innovation":
advance guard, alteration, archetype, authenticity, avant-garde,
breakthrough, coinage, creativeness, creativity, deviation,
discovery, freshness, introduction, invention, inventiveness,
latest fad, latest fashion, latest wrinkle, leap, model,
modernization, mutation, neologism, new departure, new look,
new phase, newfangled device, newness, nonimitation, novelty,
original, originality, pattern, permutation, pilot model,
prototype, sport, the in thing, the last word, the latest thing,
uniqueness, vanguard, vicissitude, wrinkle
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
INNOVATION, Scotch law. The exchange of one obligation for another, so that
the second shall come in the place of the first. Bell's Scotch Law Dict. h.
t. The same as Novation. (q. v.)