Definitions for adaptation
ˌæd əpˈteɪ ʃənadap·ta·tion
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a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form
"the play is an adaptation of a short novel"
adaptation, adaption, adjustmentnoun
the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
(physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.
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.
Something which has been adapted; variation.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evolutionary process of natural selection that fits organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness. Secondly, it is a state reached by the population during that process. Thirdly, it is a phenotypic trait or adaptive trait, with a functional role in each individual organism, that is maintained and has evolved through natural selection. Historically, adaptation has been described from the time of the ancient Greek philosophers such as Empedocles and Aristotle. In 18th and 19th century natural theology, adaptation was taken as evidence for the existence of a deity. Charles Darwin proposed instead that it was explained by natural selection. Adaptation is related to biological fitness, which governs the rate of evolution as measured by change in allele frequencies. Often, two or more species co-adapt and co-evolve as they develop adaptations that interlock with those of the other species, such as with flowering plants and pollinating insects. In mimicry, species evolve to resemble other species; in Müllerian mimicry this is a mutually beneficial co-evolution as each of a group of strongly defended species (such as wasps able to sting) come to advertise their defenses in the same way. Features evolved for one purpose may be co-opted for a different one, as when the insulating feathers of dinosaurs were co-opted for bird flight. Adaptation is a major topic in the philosophy of biology, as it concerns function and purpose (teleology). Some biologists try to avoid terms which imply purpose in adaptation, not least because it suggests a deity's intentions, but others note that adaptation is necessarily purposeful.
Adaptation is the process or state of changing to fit a new environment or different conditions, or the resulting change. It can refer to both biological changes in living organisms over generations to become more suited to their environment, and to socio-cultural development where societies or individuals alter their practices, behaviors or orientation in response to changes in their environment or context.
Adaptation refers to the process by which living organisms or species become better suited to their environment or lifestyle over time through changes in their physical structure, behavior, or physiological processes. These changes, often resulting from natural selection, enhance the organism's ability to survive and reproduce. In a broader context, adaptation can also mean the act of adjusting or modifying something to fit a new or different purpose or situation.
Adaptation is a process or change that occurs in an organism or species over time in response to their environment, improving its chances of survival and reproduction. It can also refer to adjustments made to behavior, physical features, or other characteristics to better suit a particular situation or condition. In a broader context, it can describe changes made to ideas, systems, or objects to improve functionality or performance within a specific context.
the act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness
the result of adapting; an adapted form
Etymology: [Cf. F. adaptation, LL. adaptatio.]
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.
The act and process of to adapt.
The adaptation was easy.
Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'adaptation' in Nouns Frequency: #2796
The numerical value of adaptation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of adaptation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
In youth the human body drew me and was the object of my secret and natural dreams. But body after body has taken away from me that sensual phosphorescence which my youth delighted in. Within me is no disturbing interplay now, but only the steady currents of adaptation and of sympathy.
There’s going to be some failures and setbacks here and there, i’m not hoping for the climate to change. I’m just realistic in that we need to do everything we can to slow climate change, but we also have to simultaneously have adaptation strategies to the climate change that is happening – and agave is just part of the adaptation strategy.
It has to be there - because only then will human mobility be integrated into climate change adaptation plans, only then will access to funding that is necessary for some countries be enshrined in the (agreement).
It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward.
It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions; but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward.
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Translations for adaptation
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- uyğunlaşma, adaptasiyaAzerbaijani
- свикване, адаптация, пригаждане, приспособяванеBulgarian
- adaptacióCatalan, Valencian
- přizpůsobení, adaptaceCzech
- modificación, versión, ajuste, adaptaciónSpanish
- sopeutuminen, sovitus, mukautuminenFinnish
- adaptasyonHaitian Creole
- адапта́ция, приспоса́бливание, обрабо́тка, привыка́ниеRussian
- intibak, alışma, uyum, adaptasyonTurkish
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