Definitions for Simulationˌsɪm yəˈleɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sim•u•la•tionˌsɪm yəˈleɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. imitation or enactment, as of conditions anticipated.

  2. the act or process of pretending; feigning.

  3. an assumption or imitation of a particular appearance or form; counterfeit.

  4. the representation of the behavior or characteristics of one system through the use of another system, esp. using a computer.

    Category: Computers

  5. a conscious attempt to feign some mental or physical disorder.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of simulation:

1300–50; < L simulātiō a pretense. See simulate , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. simulation(noun)

    the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training)

  2. simulation, computer simulation(noun)

    (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program

    "a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated"

  3. model, simulation(noun)

    representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

  4. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"


  1. simulation(Noun)

    Something which simulates a system or environment in order to predict actual behaviour.

  2. simulation(Noun)

    The process of simulating.

    Despite extensive simulation in the design phase, the aircraft failed to behave as expected.

  3. simulation(Noun)

    Assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true.

  4. simulation(Noun)

    The act of falling over in order to be awarded a foul, when a foul hasn't been committed.

  5. Origin: First attested in 1340. From simulacion/simulacioun, from simulation/simulacion, from simulationem, from simulo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simulation(noun)

    the act of simulating, or assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true; -- distinguished from dissimulation, which disguises or conceals what is true


  1. Simulation

    Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics or behaviors/functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation of the system over time. Simulation is used in many contexts, such as simulation of technology for performance optimization, safety engineering, testing, training, education, and video games. Simulation is also used with scientific modelling of natural systems or human systems to gain insight into their functioning. Simulation can be used to show the eventual real effects of alternative conditions and courses of action. Simulation is also used when the real system cannot be engaged, because it may not be accessible, or it may be dangerous or unacceptable to engage, or it is being designed but not yet built, or it may simply not exist. Key issues in simulation include acquisition of valid source information about the relevant selection of key characteristics and behaviours, the use of simplifying approximations and assumptions within the simulation, and fidelity and validity of the simulation outcomes.

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(an act of) simulating.

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