- The definition of an adaptation is a change or adjustment to improve something, or to make it suitable to a different situation.
A wheelchair ramp built into a mini van is an example of an adaptation.
This wheelchair ramp is an adaptation to this house.
- 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
- Sociology a gradual change in behavior to conform to the prevailing cultural patterns
Origin of adaptationFrench ; from Medieval Latin adaptatio: see adapt
- 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.
- Biology a. The alteration or adjustment in structure or habits, often occurring through natural selection, by which a species or individual becomes better able to function in its environment.b. A structure or habit that results from this process.
- Physiology The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
- Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.
(countable and uncountable, plural adaptations)
- (uncountable) The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.
- (uncountable) 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.
- (countable) Something which has been adapted; variation.