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ˌæd əpˈteɪ ʃənadap·ta·tion

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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

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

  2. Adaptation(noun)

    the result of adapting; an adapted form

    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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  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. Elisaveta Petkova:

    This just illustrates the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and continuing heat adaptation.

  2. Tim Gore:

    There is no excuse for the richest countries to continue to subsidize the fossil fuel industries, we are calling on them to cut those and channel the money into (climate) adaptation.

  3. Lawrence Szarka:

    We think that a nauseated feeling is an evolutionary adaptation to eject food that was rotten or toxic.

  4. Mark Rutte:

    (China's) Premier Li Keqiang and I with our delegation discussed ... climate mitigation and adaptation ... at length. It will also create a lot of new jobs in the new economy.

  5. 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.

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