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ˌsɪm yəˈleɪ ʃənsim·u·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simulationnoun

    the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training)

  2. simulation, computer simulationnoun

    (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program

    "a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated"

  3. model, simulationnoun

    representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

  4. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigningnoun

    the act of giving a false appearance

    "his conformity was only pretending"


  1. simulationnoun

    Something which simulates a system or environment in order to predict actual behaviour.

  2. simulationnoun

    The process of simulating.

    Despite extensive simulation in the design phase, the aircraft failed to behave as expected.

  3. simulationnoun

    Assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true.

  4. simulationnoun

    The act of falling over in order to be awarded a foul, when a foul hasn't been committed.

  5. Etymology: First attested in 1340. From simulacion/simulacioun, from simulation/simulacion, from simulationem, from simulo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Simulationnoun

    That part of hypocrisy which pretends that to be which is not.

    Etymology: simulation, French; simulatio from simulo, Latin.

    Simulation is a vice rising of a natural falseness, or fearfulness; or of a mind that hath some main faults; which because a man must needs disguise, it maketh him practise simulation. Francis Bacon.

    For the unquestionable virtues of her person and mind, he well expressed his love in an act and time of no simulation towards his end, bequeathing her all his mansion-houses, and a power to dispose of his whole personal estate. Henry Wotton.

    For distinction sake, a deceiving by word is commonly called a lie; and deceiving by actions, gestures, or behaviour, is called simulation or hypocrisy. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simulationnoun

    the act of simulating, or assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true; -- distinguished from dissimulation, which disguises or conceals what is true


  1. Simulation

    Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics or behaviors/functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation of the system over time. Simulation is used in many contexts, such as simulation of technology for performance optimization, safety engineering, testing, training, education, and video games. Simulation is also used with scientific modelling of natural systems or human systems to gain insight into their functioning. Simulation can be used to show the eventual real effects of alternative conditions and courses of action. Simulation is also used when the real system cannot be engaged, because it may not be accessible, or it may be dangerous or unacceptable to engage, or it is being designed but not yet built, or it may simply not exist. Key issues in simulation include acquisition of valid source information about the relevant selection of key characteristics and behaviours, the use of simplifying approximations and assumptions within the simulation, and fidelity and validity of the simulation outcomes.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. simulation

    The vice of counterfeiting illness or defect, for the purpose of being invalided.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. simulation

    The vice of counterfeiting illness or defect, for the purpose of being invalided.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simulation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simulation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of simulation in a Sentence

  1. John Hutchinson:

    What speed giant tyrannosaurs might have normally walked at hasn't been a big question for many studies, but it is still an interesting question. The approach used here is complementary to fancier muscle-based simulation studies and, in a way, to data from fossil footprints, this study covers some new ground in a clever way with an original model. It's interesting and would be useful to integrate with and compare with other approaches in the future.

  2. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser:

    I think what we see, in a way, is two worlds out there in China. Automation capex is really, really light, what we do see though... is significant growth in software, which is a nice development to see because China has traditionally been a bit slow to introduce modern ways of simulation.

  3. Russell Metcalfe-Smith:

    It feels like you are in the room with a patient, based on the decisions you make in the simulation, one direction will lead to another. We have [ doctors ] jump quickly into a virtual environment like this to get them to where they need to be.

  4. Otis Brawley:

    Keep in mind it's a mathematical simulation, it's not a clinical trial, but [ Vogelstein is ] noting that a certain number of cases are due to replication error, DNA replication error, in normal growth.

  5. Matt Wall:

    E-cigarettes ... provide a very good simulation of traditional smoking (and) we have shown that using e-cigarettes with fMRI is an excellent paradigm for direct evaluation of the effects of smoking on human neurophysiology.

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