What does evolution mean?

Definitions for evolution
ˌɛv əˈlu ʃən; esp. Brit. ˌi və-evo·lu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. development, evolution(noun)

    a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)

    "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer"

  2. evolution, organic evolution, phylogeny, phylogenesis(noun)

    (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms

Wiktionary

  1. evolution(Noun)

    gradual directional change especially one leading to a more advanced or complex form; growth; development

    Etymology: From evolutio, from evolutus, perfect passive participle of evolvo, from e, short form of ex, + volvo.

  2. evolution(Noun)

    The change in the genetic composition of a population over successive generations.

    1976, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene:

    Etymology: From evolutio, from evolutus, perfect passive participle of evolvo, from e, short form of ex, + volvo.

  3. evolution(Noun)

    The extraction of a root from a quantity.

    Etymology: From evolutio, from evolutus, perfect passive participle of evolvo, from e, short form of ex, + volvo.

  4. evolution(Noun)

    One of a series of ordered movements.

    Etymology: From evolutio, from evolutus, perfect passive participle of evolvo, from e, short form of ex, + volvo.

  5. evolution(Noun)

    A turning movement of the body.

    1869, Anon., Miss Langley's Will:

    Etymology: From evolutio, from evolutus, perfect passive participle of evolvo, from e, short form of ex, + volvo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evolution(noun)

    the act of unfolding or unrolling; hence, in the process of growth; development; as, the evolution of a flower from a bud, or an animal from the egg

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  2. Evolution(noun)

    a series of things unrolled or unfolded

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  3. Evolution(noun)

    the formation of an involute by unwrapping a thread from a curve as an evolute

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  4. Evolution(noun)

    the extraction of roots; -- the reverse of involution

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  5. Evolution(noun)

    a prescribed movement of a body of troops, or a vessel or fleet; any movement designed to effect a new arrangement or disposition; a maneuver

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  6. Evolution(noun)

    a general name for the history of the steps by which any living organism has acquired the morphological and physiological characters which distinguish it; a gradual unfolding of successive phases of growth or development

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  7. Evolution(noun)

    that theory of generation which supposes the germ to preexist in the parent, and its parts to be developed, but not actually formed, by the procreative act; -- opposed to epigenesis

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

  8. Evolution(noun)

    that series of changes under natural law which involves continuous progress from the homogeneous to the heterogeneous in structure, and from the single and simple to the diverse and manifold in quality or function. The pocess is by some limited to organic beings; by others it is applied to the inorganic and the psychical. It is also applied to explain the existence and growth of institutions, manners, language, civilization, and every product of human activity. The agencies and laws of the process are variously explained by different philosophrs

    Etymology: [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. volution evolution. See Evolve.]

Freebase

  1. Evolution

    Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins. All life on earth is descended from a last universal ancestor that lived approximately 3.8 billion years ago. Repeated speciation and the divergence of life can be inferred from shared sets of biochemical and morphological traits, or by shared DNA sequences. These homologous traits and sequences are more similar among species that share a more recent common ancestor, and can be used to reconstruct evolutionary histories, using both existing species and the fossil record. Existing patterns of biodiversity have been shaped both by speciation and by extinction. Charles Darwin was the first to formulate a scientific argument for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. Evolution by natural selection is a process that is inferred from three facts about populations: 1) more offspring are produced than can possibly survive, 2) traits vary among individuals, leading to different rates of survival and reproduction, and 3) trait differences are heritable. Thus, when members of a population die they are replaced by the progeny of parents that were better adapted to survive and reproduce in the environment in which natural selection took place. This process creates and preserves traits that are seemingly fitted for the functional roles they perform. Natural selection is the only known cause of adaptation, but not the only known cause of evolution. Other, nonadaptive causes of evolution include mutation and genetic drift.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Evolution

    ev-ol-ū′shun, n. the act of unrolling or unfolding: gradual working out or development: a series of things unfolded: the doctrine according to which higher forms of life have gradually arisen out of lower: (arith., alg.) the extraction of roots: (pl.) the orderly movements of a body of troops or of ships of war.—adjs. Evolū′tional, Evolū′tionary, of or pertaining to evolution.—ns. Evolū′tionism, the theory of evolution; Evolū′tionist, one skilled in evolutions or military movements: one who believes in evolution as a principle in science.—adj. Ev′olūtive. [L. evolutionemevolvĕre.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Evolution

    the theory that the several species of plants and animals on the globe were not created in their present form, but have all been evolved by modifications of structure from cruder forms under or coincident with change of environment, an idea which is being applied to everything organic in the spiritual as well as the natural world. See Darwinian Theory.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. evolution

    1. A word that has reclassified in an entertaining manner our impermeable and eternal ignorance. 2. The growth of a thing from the simple to the complex, and the wasting away of the complex until it is simpler than ever. 3. The one superstition that is cordially hated by theologues.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Evolution

    The process of cumulative change over successive generations through which organisms acquire their distinguishing morphological and physiological characteristics.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. EVOLUTION

    A clever trick performed by one Darwin, who made a monkey of Adam.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. evolution

    The change of form and disposition during manœuvres, whether of men or ships; movements which should combine celerity with precision and regularity.

Editors Contribution

  1. evolution

    To improve using our mind, thoughts, learning, awareness, education, experience, understanding, knowledge and skills.

    The evolution of humanity is happening every day as we as human beings learn, change and grow.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'evolution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3862

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    Rank popularity for the word 'evolution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4085

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'evolution' in Nouns Frequency: #1572

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of evolution in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of evolution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of evolution in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Huxley:

    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.

  2. Vanessa De Pietri:

    Whats remarkable about all this is that plotopterids and ancient penguins evolved these shared features independently, this is an example of what we call convergent evolution, when distantly related organisms develop similar morphological traits under similar environmental conditions.

  3. Miles Davis:

    Bebop was about change, about evolution. It wasn't about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.

  4. Michael Berenbrink:

    There are some fish that have similar tricks... but they are also an exception. It really broadens our mind in terms of what evolution can do -- how metabolic pathways can adapt.

  5. Craig Moffett:

    The reason you're getting that reaction is this is a battle of marketing vaporware rather than real network evolution, they're tripping over themselves to claim they have a 5G network.

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