Definition of Adaptation in English :

Define Adaptation in English

Adaptation meaning in English

Meaning of Adaptation in English

Pronunciation of Adaptation in English

Adaptation pronunciation in English

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1. adaptation, version

a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form

Example Sentences:
'the play is an adaptation of a short novel'

2. adaptation, adaption, adjustment

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

3. adaptation

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

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of adaptation
the act or process of adapting or the state of being adapted; adjustment
something that is produced by adapting something else
something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs
4. biology
an inherited or acquired modification in organisms that makes them better suited to survive and reproduce in a particular environment
5. physiology
the decreased response of a sense organ to a repeated or sustained stimulus
6. psychology
(in learning theory) the weakening of a response to a stimulus with repeated presentation of the stimulus without reinforcement; applied mainly to innate responses
7. social welfare
alteration to a dwelling to make it suitable for a disabled person, as by replacing steps with ramps

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see synonyms of adaptation
an adapting or being adapted
a thing resulting from adapting
this play is an adaptation of a novel
a change in structure, function, or form that improves the chance of survival for an animal or plant within a given environment
the natural reactions of a sense organ to variations in the degree of stimulation
5.  Sociology
a gradual change in behavior to conform to the prevailing cultural patterns

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of adaptation
a. The act or process of adapting.
b. The state of being adapted.
a. Something, such as a device or mechanism, that is changed or changes so as to become suitable to a new or special application or situation.
b. A composition that has been recast into a new form: The play is an adaptation of a short novel.
3. Biology
a. Change or adjustment in structure or habits by which a species becomes better able to function in its environment, occurring through the course of evolution by means of natural selection.
b. A structure or habit that results from this process.
4. Physiology The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
5. Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.

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