adaptation

noun

ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-dəp-
1
: something that is adapted
a new adaptation of an old recipe
specifically : a composition rewritten into a new form
a screen adaptation of a novel
2
: the act or process of adapting
a process undergoing adaptation
: the state of being adapted
adaptation to changing circumstances
3
: adjustment to environmental conditions: such as
a
: adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b
: modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment : a heritable physical or behavioral trait that serves a specific function and improves an organism's fitness or survival
adaptational adjective
adaptationally adverb

Examples of adaptation in a Sentence

His stage adaptation of the novel was a success. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title. The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf. a tool designed for easy adaptation
Recent Examples on the Web Zane, 58, plays the On the Waterfront Oscar winner in a screen adaptation of Bernard Judge’s 2011 book of the same name from director and co-writer Bill Fishman. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 Some spiders take their aquatic adaptations to the next level, though. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for adaptation 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French & Medieval Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin adaptātiōn-, adaptātiō, from Latin adaptāre "to adapt" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of adaptation was in 1597

Dictionary Entries Near adaptation

Cite this Entry

“Adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptation. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-əp-
1
a
: the act or process of adapting
b
: the state of being adapted
2
: adjustment to environmental conditions: as
a
: adjustment of a sense organ to the degree or quality of stimulation
b
: change in an organism or its parts that fits it better for the conditions of its environment
also : a structure resulting from this change
3
: something that is adapted
especially : a composition rewritten into a new form
adaptational
-shnəl How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective
adaptationally
adverb

Medical Definition

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən, -əp- How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
1
: the act or process of adapting : the state of being adapted
his ingenious adaptation of the electric cautery knife to … surgeryGeorge Blumer
2
: adjustment to environmental conditions: as
a
: adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b
: modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment compare adjustment sense 1b
adaptational adjective
adaptationally adverb

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