Adaptation meaning

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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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An adapting or being adapted.
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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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(uncountable) The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.
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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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The natural reactions of a sense organ to variations in the degree of stimulation.
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A gradual change in behavior to conform to the prevailing cultural patterns.
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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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(countable) Something which has been adapted; variation.
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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 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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Origin of adaptation

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