adaptation

noun ad·ap·ta·tion \ ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən , -dəp- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 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

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

adaptationally

adverb

Examples of adaptation in a Sentence

  1. His stage adaptation of the novel was a success.

  2. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title.

  3. The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf.

  4. a tool designed for easy adaptation

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Origin and Etymology of adaptation

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


ADAPTATION Defined for English Language Learners

adaptation

noun

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

adaptation

noun ad·ap·ta·tion \ ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən \

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 Dictionary

adaptation

noun ad·ap·ta·tion \ ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən, -əp- \

medical Definition of adaptation

1 :the act or process of adapting :the state of being adapted
  • his ingenious adaptation of the electric cautery knife to…surgery
  • —George 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 1b

adaptational

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective

adaptationally

play \\ adverb


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