Evolution Definition

ĕvə-lo͝oshən, ēvə-
An unfolding, opening out, or working out; process of development, as from a simple to a complex form, or of gradual, progressive change, as in a social and economic structure.
Webster's New World
A result or product of this; thing evolved.
Webster's New World
Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, often resulting in the development of new species. The mechanisms of evolution include natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, mutation, migration, and genetic drift.
American Heritage Medicine
A pattern produced, or seemingly produced, by such a series of movements.
The evolutions of a fancy skater.
Webster's New World
A movement that is part of a series or pattern.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Evolution

  • From Latin ēvolūtiō (“the act of unrolling, unfolding or opening (of a book)”), from ēvolūtus, perfect passive participle of ēvolvō (“unroll, unfold”), from ē (“out of”), short form of ex, + volvō (“roll”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin ēvolūtiō ēvolūtiōn- from ēvolūtus past participle of ēvolvere to unroll evolve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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