Adaptation definition

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A change in structure, function, or behavior by which a species or individual improves its chance of survival in a specific environment. Adaptations develop as the result of natural selection operating on random genetic variations that are capable of being passed from one generation to the next. Variations that prove advantageous will tend to spread throughout the population.
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A change in structure, function, or form that improves the chance of survival for an animal or plant within a given environment.
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The natural reactions of a sense organ to variations in the degree of stimulation.
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(sociology) A gradual change in behavior to conform to the prevailing cultural patterns.
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The act or process of adapting.
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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.

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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.
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(physiology) The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
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Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.
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The state of being adapted.
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A composition that has been recast into a new form.

The play is an adaptation of a short novel.

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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.
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A structure or habit that results from this process.
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(physiology) The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
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Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.
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The act or process of adapting.
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The state of being adapted.
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A structure or habit that results from this process.
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(uncountable) The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.
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(countable) Something which has been adapted; variation.
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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.
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(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.
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A thing resulting from adapting.

This play is an adaptation of a novel.

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An adapting or being adapted.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
adaptation
Plural:
adaptations

Origin of adaptation

  • From French adaptation, from Medieval Latin adaptatio, from Latin adaptare; see adapt.

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