An innovation is the introduction of something new. If you run a magazine about new technology, then you're constantly looking out for the next innovation.

Innovation comes from Latin innovare for renew, whose root is novus or new. It can be used for either the act of introducing something new, as in a company that rewards creativity and innovation, or something that is newly introduced, like an innovation in microchip design. It was once used politically in the sense of revolution, but now you're most likely to hear it in relation to technology, or new ways of doing something.

Definitions of innovation
  1. noun
    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
    synonyms: creation, foundation, founding, initiation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination
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    authorship, paternity
    the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
    type of:
    beginning, commencement, start
    the act of starting something
  2. noun
    a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
    synonyms: invention
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    type of:
    an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
  3. noun
    the creation of something in the mind
    synonyms: conception, design, excogitation, invention
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    the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose
    the faculty of contriving; inventive skill
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    creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
    the ability to create
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