Definition of adaptation
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 asa : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulationb : 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
adaptationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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 of adaptation from the Web
His granddaughter Gia, who directed Palo Alto, an adaptation of James Franco’s short story collection, has taken on the after party, with the help of Texas retro-soul musician Leon Bridges.
So long, Q — if not now, soon, absent a surprising adaptation on San Diego State football’s behalf.
These are exactly the type of things that keep the DreamWorks adaptation compelling.
For its spring festival, the company takes two prime examples of exoticism in Western opera and condenses each one into a ninety-minute adaptation.
Tanika Gupta's 2011 adaptation of Dickens' novel takes Pip's journey and turns it into a metaphor for the soul of India under the Raj.
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Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano join Lively as producers on the adaptation, which is slated for CBS Films.
Based on its first two episodes, this dramatization of the Edgar Award-winning 2014 mystery novel of the same title is the Stephen King adaptation to watch this summer.
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Origin and Etymology of adaptation
First Known Use: 1597
ADAPTATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adaptation for English Language Learners
: something that is adapted; especially : a movie, book, play, etc., that is changed so that it can be presented in another form
: a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to live in a particular place or situation
: the process of changing to fit some purpose or situation : the process of adapting
ADAPTATION Defined for Kids
Definition of adaptation for Students
1 : the act or process of changing to better suit a situation
2 : a body part or feature or a behavior that helps a living thing survive and function better in its environment
Medical Definition of adaptation
2: adjustment to environmental conditions: asa: adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulationb: modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment—compare adjustment 1b
adaptational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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