from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of simulating.
- n. An imitation; a sham.
- n. Assumption of a false appearance.
- n. Imitation or representation, as of a potential situation or in experimental testing.
- n. Representation of the operation or features of one process or system through the use of another: computer simulation of an in-flight emergency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which simulates a system or environment in order to predict actual behaviour.
- n. The process of simulating.
- n. Assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true.
- n. The act of falling over in order to be awarded a foul, when a foul hasn't been committed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of simulating, or assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true; -- distinguished from dissimulation, which disguises or conceals what is true.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of simulating, or feigning or counterfeiting; the false assumption of a certain appearance or character; pretense, usually for the purpose of deceiving.
- n. Specifically— In phonology, imitation in form; the alteration of the form of a word so as to approach or agree with that of another word having some accidental similarity, and to suggest a connection between them: a tendency of popular etymology.
- n. In biology, unconscious imitation or protective mimicry; assimilation in appearance.
- n. Resemblance; similarity.
- n. In French law, a fictitious engagement, contract, or conveyance, made eitner as a fraud where no real transaction is intended, or as a mask or cover for a different transaction, in which case it may sometimes be made in good faith and valid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of giving a false appearance
- n. the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training)
- n. representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
- n. (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
Frasca says that instead the gratification for [participants in simulation] is not the one of the professional actor but rather the one of the child who plays make-believe.
Indeed, some players have assumed the simulation is a crystal ball.
In my opinion, what differentiates a game from a simulation is the motivation factor.
Torrens shows that changing a few small initial conditions controls whether the protest spins out of control or not, and suggests this simulation is a valuable tool for policing.
The Universe as a virtual machine or a simulation is a very old idea.
The working demo of the simulation is available in Second Life on
I think that what you call simulation is the same as mechanical in the article?
I think I maybe didn't express it well enough (I did write the whole post just this afternoon, after all) so I'll try and explain why I thought "inexperience" with 'simulation' is a factor in why we react the way we do about Super Columbine.
The role playing simulation is one part of the Inside Disaster multi-platform documentary project.
He refers to a simulation of the 2010 election but with AV as the voting system.