selection

15 ENTRIES FOUND:

se·lec·tion

noun \sə-ˈlek-shən\

: the act of choosing something or someone from a group

: someone or something that is chosen from a group

: a collection of things chosen from a group of similar things

Full Definition of SELECTION

1
:  the act or process of selecting :  the state of being selected
2
:  one that is selected :  choice; also :  a collection of selected things
3
:  a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated — compare darwinism, natural selection

Examples of SELECTION

  1. The selection of the best poem was difficult.
  2. <his selection of a running mate was a long, tedious affair>

First Known Use of SELECTION

circa 1623

Related to SELECTION

se·lec·tion

noun \sə-ˈlek-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SELECTION

: a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated—compare darwinism, natural selection

selection

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In biology, the preferential survival and reproduction or preferential elimination of individuals with certain genotypes, by means of natural or artificial controlling factors. The theory of evolution by natural selection was proposed by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in 1858. Artificial selection differs from natural selection in that inherited variations in a species are manipulated by humans through controlled breeding in order to create qualities economically or aesthetically desirable to humans, rather than useful to the organism in its natural environment.

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