Definitions for adaptationˌæd əpˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•ap•ta•tionˌæd əpˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of adapting or the state of being adapted.

  2. something produced by adapting:

    an adaptation of a play for television.

  3. any beneficial alteration in an organism resulting from natural selection by which the organism survives and multiplies in its environment. a form or structure modified to fit a changed environment. the ability of a species to survive in a particular ecological niche, esp. because of alterations of form or behavior brought about through natural selection.

    Category: Biology

  4. the decrease in response of sensory receptor organs, as those of vision or touch, to changed, constantly applied environmental conditions.

    Category: Physiology

  5. the regulating by the pupil of the quantity of light entering the eye.

    Category: Ophthalmology

  6. a slow, usu. unconscious modification of individual or collective behavior in adjusting to cultural surroundings.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of adaptation:

1600–10; < ML adaptātiō < L adaptā(re) to adapt

ad`ap•ta′tion•al•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adaptation, version(noun)

    a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form

    "the play is an adaptation of a short novel"

  2. adaptation, adaption, adjustment(noun)

    the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

  3. adaptation(noun)

    (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)

Wiktionary

  1. adaptation(Noun)

    The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.

  2. adaptation(Noun)

    Adjustment to extant conditions: as, adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation; modification of some thing or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its current environment.

  3. adaptation(Noun)

    Something which has been adapted; variation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adaptation(noun)

    the act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness

  2. Adaptation(noun)

    the result of adapting; an adapted form

Freebase

  1. Adaptation

    An adaptation, also called an adaptive trait, in biology is a trait with a current functional role in the life history of an organism that is maintained and evolved by means of natural selection. Adaptation refers to both the current state of being adapted and to the dynamic evolutionary process that leads to the adaptation. Adaptations contribute to the fitness and survival of individuals. Organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow and develop and are equipped with an adaptive plasticity as the phenotype of traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. The developmental norm of reaction for any given trait is essential to the correction of adaptation as it affords a kind of biological insurance or resilience to varying environments.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adaptation' in Nouns Frequency: #2796


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