from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of adapting.
- n. The state of being adapted.
- n. 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.
- n. A composition that has been recast into a new form: The play is an adaptation of a short novel.
- n. Biology An alteration or adjustment in structure or habits, often hereditary, by which a species or individual improves its condition in relationship to its environment.
- n. Physiology The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
- n. Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.
- n. 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.
- n. Something which has been adapted; variation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness.
- n. The result of adapting; an adapted form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of adapting or adjusting; the state of being adapted or fitted; adjustment to circumstances or relations.
- n. That which is adapted; the result of altering for a different use.
- n. In biology, advantageous variation in animals or plants under changed conditions; the result of adaptability to, and variability under, external conditions; the operation of external influences upon a variable organism, or a character acquired by the organism as the result of such operation.
- n. Same as immunization.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
- n. the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
- n. a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form
FOR the physicist and chemist the term adaptation awakens but the barren echo of an idea.
At all events the term adaptation includes the idea of utility, and obviously useless contrivances could hardly be brought under the same head.
By the term adaptation, we mean such choice of style, material, size and arrangement as shall fit the structure: 1st, to the site; 2d, to the climate; and 3d, to the uses for which it is built.
It has sometimes been suggested that the term adaptation should be reserved for differences with a known genetic basis.
Next is what he called adaptation, or “resistance,” when the body rises to the challenge and adapts to the stressful conditions.
I suggest that this adaptation is a matter of urgent public concern, today and always.
The second module, which we call the adaptation module, is known to maintain the intracellular signal at
Indeed, even the term "adaptation" is suspect, in my opinion.
They've learned to do stuff via a specific set of attributes, and when any of those attributes are changed, THEN "adaptation" is required.
Rosenberg, who has written the screenplays for all three “Twilight” films, also revealed that the “Dawn” adaptation is proving particularly challenging because of the sheer number of characters and the dense mythology behind it all.