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enhancement

[en′hans·mənt]
(computer science)
A substantial increase in the capabilities of hardware or software.
(electronics)
An increase in the density of charged carriers in a particular region of a semiconductor.

enhancement

(1)
A change to a product which is intended to make it better in some way, e.g. new functions, faster, or occasionally more compatible with other systems. Enhancements to hardware components, especially integrated circuits often mean they are smaller and less demanding of resources. Sadly, this is almost never true of software enhancements.

enhancement

(2)
Marketroid-speak for a bug fix. This abuse of language is a popular and time-tested way to turn incompetence into increased revenue. A hacker being ironic would instead call the fix a feature, or perhaps save some effort by declaring "That's not a bug, that's a feature!".

enhancement

Any improvement made to a software package or hardware device. Sometimes enhancements are really bug fixes in disguise.
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Implementing an RFC3135 TCP/IP performance enhancing proxy such as HyperIP will eliminate that disappointment.
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The third working group will focus on enhancing the overall value of membership.
A thoughtful and comprehensive plan to reconstruct the World Trade Center while also enhancing transportation and infrastructure Downtown will ready the area for the future and ensure its economic health for decades to come.
Fukuyama wants to "draw red lines" to distinguish between therapy and enhancement, "directing research toward the former while putting restrictions on the latter." He adds that "the original purpose of medicine is, after all, to heal the sick, not turn healthy people into gods." He imagines a federal agency that would oversee neurological research, prohibiting anything that aims at enhancing our capacities beyond some notion of the human norm.
It is evident that school-community collaborations have great potential for enhancing school and community environments and outcomes, but are unlikely without significant policy changes (Center for Mental Health in Schools, 1996, 1997; Day & Roberts, 1991; Dryfoos, 1994, 1998; Knapp, 1995; Lawson & Briar-Lawson, 1997; Melaville & Blank, 1998; Schorr, 1997; Taylor & Adelman, 2000; U.S.
Improving process understanding through first-principles dynamic models, mining information from available plant data, and enhancing the ways employees assimilate plant information will enable faster and better decision-making.
For the most part, these companies are large, traditional, brick-and-mortar firms that are investing significantly in the Internet, but continue to regard it as primarily a potential tool for enhancing existing processes.
From the findings of this study, one can conclude that an organized camping experience that is focused on enhancing self-constructs does enhance the self.
David Dobbs has presented a wonderful story about neighbors getting together to pursue a common interest - enhancing wildlife habitat across their private-forest landscape in Vermont.
Further, the pursuit of quality involves a commitment to enhancing communications between departments, as well as with residents and vendors.

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