Simulation meaning

sĭmyə-lāshən
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The definition of a simulation is a model or representative example of something.

When you create a computer program that is intended to model flying a plane, this is an example of a simulation.

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An imitation; a sham.
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The mathematical representation of the interaction of real-world objects. See scientific application and simulator.
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The act of simulating; pretense; feigning.
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The act or process of simulating.
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The duplicating or reproducing of certain characteristics or conditions, as of a system or physical process, by the use of a model or representation, for study, training, etc.
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(soccer) The act of falling over in order to be awarded a foul, when a foul hasn't been committed.
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The use of a computer to calculate, by means of extrapolation, the effect of a given physical process.
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Assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true.
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Assumption of a false appearance.
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Something which simulates a system or environment in order to predict actual behaviour.

This exercise is a simulation of actual battle conditions.

The most reliable simulation predicts that the hurricane will turn north.

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The process of simulating.

Despite extensive simulation in the design phase, the aircraft failed to behave as expected.

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Origin of simulation

  • First attested in 1340. From Middle English simulacion/simulacioun, from Old French simulation/simulacion, from Latin simulātiōnem, from simulō (“imitate").

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