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ˌæd əpˈteɪ ʃənadap·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adaptation, versionnoun

    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, adjustmentnoun

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

  3. adaptationnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. adaptationnoun

    The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.

  2. adaptationnoun

    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. adaptationnoun

    Something which has been adapted; variation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Adaptationnoun

    The act of fitting one thing to another; the fitness of one thing to another.

    Etymology: from adapt.

    Some species there be of middle natures, that is, of bird and beast, as batts; yet are their parts so set together, that we cannot define the beginning or end of either, there being a commixtion of both, rather than adaptation or cement of the one unto the other. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii. c. ii.

    Their adhesion may be in part ascribed, either to some elastical motion in the pressed glass, or to the exquisite adaptation of the almost numberless, though very small, asperities of the one, and the numerous little cavities of the other; whereby the surfaces do lock in with one another, or are, as it were, clasped together. Boyle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adaptationnoun

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

  2. Adaptationnoun

    the result of adapting; an adapted form

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. adaptation, LL. adaptatio.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. adaptation

    The act and process of to adapt.

    The adaptation was easy.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adaptation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adaptation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of adaptation in a Sentence

  1. Herman Pontzer:

    Activity monitors are going to be wrong at predicting energy expenditure because they aren't incorporating this adaptation.

  2. Francois Engelbrecht:

    Farming is already marginal. When it gets drastically warmer and drier, the means for adaptation will be extremely limited. The cattle industry will likely collapse.

  3. Sriram Sankararaman:

    We are beginning to learn more about the impact of DNA from archaic hominins on human biology, we now know that both Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA was deleterious in general but there were some genes where this DNA had an adaptive impact. For example, altitude adaptation in Tibetans was likely facilitated by a Denisovan introgressed gene.

  4. Herman Pontzer:

    We think this is a really common evolutionary adaptation that all animals use to keep from outstripping their resources and to keep from starving. Your body is listening to your environment and setting an energy expenditure level it can maintain.

  5. Richard Klein:

    Adaptation is a global challenge because we’re all connected, what happens in one part of the world has an effect on others in very different parts.

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